What you need to know about National Board of Professional Teaching Standards
Agenda • 8:30 – Welcome and Introductions • 9:00 – 10:00 – 1st session • 10:00-10:10 – Break • 10:10 – 11: 30 - 2nd session • 11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch • 12:30 – 1:30 – 3rd session • 1:30 – 1:40 – Break • 1:40 – 3:30 – 4th session
Housekeeping • Please set cell phones to vibrate • Busy day, so be polite to others in the class and keep extraneous conversations to a minimum • Feel free to ask any questions that arise!
Introduction to Writing Entry 4: Documented Accomplishments
Understanding the NB Philosophy • Find the 5 Core Propositions in your Candidate Information • Group yourselves in teams of 4-5 • Read your assigned proposition and discuss with your team the following: “Why is this important to good teaching? And “How will you incorporate this proposition in your portfolio?”
Down to Basics • Read the Standards! (Standards are specific to your subject area and entry.) • CAREFULLY read the Entry 4 directions • Read all of the scoring information that is provided • Did I mention….read?????
Nuts and Bolts • Entry consists of: 10 pages of description 2 pages of reflection 16 pages of documentation
How much is enough? • You may submit up to 8 accomplishments………should you?
And the Category Is…. • You must address your work in the following areas: • Partner with families and communities • Teacher as Learner • Teacher as Leader/Collaborator
Really Good Idea • Think in terms of accomplishments that all lead you to be the teacher you are today.
Writing Tips • A good way to organize each accomplishment is as follows: • Nature: What is this accomplishment? • Significance: Why is this important to me as a teacher and to my students or families? • Student Impact: How did this impact your students or other teachers’ students?
Please don’t forget! • There are a few things you MUST do: 1. Parent/family communication must be ongoing 2. Professional development must be ongoing 3. Each accomplishment must demonstrate impact on student learning
Reflection • A reflection is not a summary!
So What IS It? • A reflection should address why the body of your accomplishments together have made you a better teacher. • You should reflect basically on the student impact because of what you learned in the chosen accomplishments.
Reflection (cont.) • You must address the two reflection questions in your portfolio instructions
Documentation Hints • Don’t panic!!! • Three basic types: verification forms, artifacts and communication logs • One person can only sign one verification form. • Communication log is not required. • Documentation is not required for every aspect of your accomplishments.
Documentation Hints (cont.) • It is wise to have at least one piece of documentation for each accomplishment. • Follow the directions closely about where to place your documentation in submitting your portfolio. • Do not worry about creating “works of art” for your docs. They should be, however, legible.
OK…Final Advice! • Don’t stress! Just start writing things down and use your NB resources (like me!) c.lockerman@cms.......
All portfolios are scored on a four-point scale: 1-4……however…… The scoring scales looks more like…. -1 1 +1; -2 2 +2; -3 3 +3; -4 4 +4 Scoring system
The values of +’s and –’s are .25 points. So….the scores could be: A minimum of .75 (score of 1-) to a maximum of 4.25 (score of 4+) and anywhere in between those numbers. Thus scores could be: .75; 1.0; 1.25; 1.75; 2.0; 2.25; 2.75; 3.0; 3.25; 3.75; 4.0; 4.25 To further elaborate…
275 points! (out of 425 possible points) To pass, I need…….
Your score (anywhere from 1- to 4+) is weighted by the following multiple: Entries 1-3 – X 16 (each) Entry 4 – X 12 Each assessment center question: X 6.67 To elaborate further…..
NBPTS Standards Entry Instructions Scoring Rubrics Evaluation of Evidence Guide How will my entry be assessed?
Writing for NB Portfolio Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools NB support
Read and Re-read Standards and Core Propositions • While it is NOT necessary to quote standards language in your write-up, it is important to demonstrate that you have incorporated the National Board philosophy into your teaching regimen.
Read and re-read the entry‘s guiding questions • Each section of each entry has guiding questions that need to be answered in the body of your writing. It is not necessary to repeat an answer if it satisfies more than one guiding question. • It is not necessary to answer the questions in order as they are presented. As a master teacher, you may choose how to organize your writing to best highlight your teaching process. • There are many pathways (styles) to success in National Board certification .
Organize your “absolutes” • After careful consideration of your Standards, Core Propositions, and the entry description, decide how you would like to demonstrate that from your teaching • Decide what activities you want to include to best highlight your teaching strategies (outline or list) • Include goals and objectives (for most entries)
Iif it’s a video entry…………go over it MULtiple times and plan to use quotes!
Start with……. • Begin by creating a • verbal picture of • your student /s • to demonstrate • Knowledge of Students
Knowledge of students activity • Think of a class that you have had. • Describe that class (or student) to a shoulder partner. • Think of everything that will “paint” a picture of that class to your partner.
Be sure to include……. • Knowledge of Students (known as KOS) • Goals and Results of your Goals (if required) • Procedures (related to Standards) • Justification for teaching procedures (should relate to KOS and include stories and quotes) • If you are asked to analyze a video, be sure to include quotes! • Reflection
No-No’s • Leave out religious or political viewpoints, or things that might be construed to be controversial or negative.
Check it over • Look for NB regulations like: • Font • Page length • Spacing • Margins
Really, really important step • Find a trusted friend – not necessarily in your teaching area – and have them read your entry for you. If they don’t understand something, don’t argue – CHANGE IT!
Use your CMS Support Services to review/facilitate your writing process.
Take a second look…… • …..at your Scoring Guide and Evaluation of Evidence Guide. • ** Read each part with careful attention to the arrows. If you can’t HONESTLY say that all those items in your entry are clearly stated, GO BACK and REVISE.
And then there’s assessment center……. • You must get an appointment to take the assessment center exercises. • You will take this part at a testing center located at several different sites locally, and if available, you can choose your time and /or place. • You will have 6 questions in your area of expertise to answer. You will have 30 minutes to answer each question. Each question will likely have more than one part. • Your CMS National Board facilitator will help guide you through the process before your appointment time.
Finally, be at peace…… • You’ve given it your best effort…..Prepare for Submission!
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