Thousands of teachers from across California came together for a day of learning featuring a TED-style EdTalk and Edcamp discussions led by teachers, for teachers. National University was lucky enough to sponsor the site in San Diego, California. Featured speakers included Joanna Eagan-Murray, a National University faculty member, and Michele Aguilar, a recent graduate from National with a Masters in Educational Administration.
NU Division of Extended Learning Offers New Opportunities for Teachers to Develop Skills and Earn Units
The National University Division of Extended Learning has a fantastic new lineup of self-paced online courses that can help educators meet professional development requirements and earn CEUs. These courses are a convenient way for teachers to enhance professional knowledge and skills while earning salary advancement. There are a wide array of topics available, and classes range from $310 for a 3 CEU course to $460 for 4 CEU course--see the Course Postcard for a list of current offerings. The courses are online and self-paced, and are all tablet compatible.
For more information about the courses or to enroll, call the National University Division of Extended Learning at 1-858-642-8600, or visit the virtualeduc.com/national/
I am writing to share an exciting opportunity for teachers in California. You are invited to attend the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a unique day of learning led by teachers, for teachers. The theme this year is “Now More Than Ever,” which reflects the importance of bringing teachers together to listen and learn from one another. The summit will provide teachers with the opportunity to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in their classrooms. The event is FREE to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators, and other educators. Continuing education credits will also be available to interested teachers at a minimal cost. The event will take place on Friday, July 28, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and an additional professional development opportunity with lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. will bepresented by National University. The event will be held at 35 locations throughout the state, including the Town & Country Resort Hotel and Convention Center hosted by National University. Teachers can reserve their spot today at CATeachersSummit.com
The Summit is a cooperative project of The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center (NTC). This year’s event will feature keynote addresses by education leaders, TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, and EdCamp discussions on timely topics ranging from addressing bullying in the classroom to celebrating diversity to teaching students to be open-minded and critical thinkers.
We know teachers want to hear and learn from one another, so please spread the word to your fellow teachers. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, and join the conversation using the hashtag #BetterTogetherCA.
We hope to see you at the Summit on July 28!
Judy Mantle, Ph. D.
Dean, Sanford College of Education
There is still time to join our upcoming cohort for our one-of-a-kind Master of Science in Advanced Teaching Practice with a National Board Specialization degree program. The new cohort starts July 7 and provides National Board candidates an opportunity to earn a degree that fully integrates the component development process into the coursework and offers support and feedback as they prepare for certification.
National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) are recognized across the country as having met the highest standards that our profession has to offer (visit the NBPTS website for more information). If you are considering becoming a National Board Candidate or are already prepared to jump on board for the 2017-18 cycle and are looking for support options, whether through this master's program, extending learning credit opportunities, mentoring, or other resources, then join us for our upcoming webinar where we will will share what the National University NB Leadership Center has to offer you during your journey.
During our webinar, we explore the following topics:
Our online support options are available and accessible to candidates anywhere in the country. The National Board Specialization courses that are part of the master's degree and continuing education programs are taught by National Board Certified teachers and integrate component development from the National Board process into the coursework so that candidates are able to earn credit while working toward and receiving feedback on their components. The online support environment is available to candidates 24-7 and provides a solid foundation for navigating the process.
Our professional development series kicks off this summer with our candidate academy orientation, and our next master's cohort starts July 7, so be sure to attend this information webinar to see how our options can serve you in your journey. The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 22, at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern, and will also be available on demand. To join, register HERE.
For our NBCT-EDGE members working on Components 2,3, and/or 4, we would like to cordially invite each of you to attend our upcoming NU-NBC Teacher Leadership Center "Finalizing and Submitting Components Support Webinar." This webinar is designed to help candidates make final revisions to portfolio entries. It will explore using the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching to evaluate the unity and coherence of your portfolio entries, along with some important questions to consider regarding your assessment-based, video-based, and data/collaboration-based components. We will also answer questions you may have about the e-submission process. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 25, at 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) and is open to NBCT-EDGE members only. You can access the webinar through the NBCT-EDGE Support Course. If you are not an NBCT-EDGE member, we will be accepting new members for the current cycle through Sunday, April 23. You must register to join the NBCT-EDGE by completing the registration HERE by that date in order to access the webinar.
National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) are recognized across the country as having met the highest standards that our profession has to offer (visit the NBPTS website for more information). If you are considering becoming a National Board Candidate or are already prepared to jump on board for the 2017-18 cycle and are looking for support options, then join us for our upcoming webinar where we will will share what the National University NB Leadership Center has to offer you during your journey. During our webinar, we explore the following topics:
Our professional development series kicks off this summer with our candidate academy orientation, and our next master's cohort starts in July, so be sure to attend this information webinar to see how our options can serve you in your journey. The webinar will take place on Thurday, April 13, at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern, and will also be available on demand. To join, register HERE.
We are hosting a "Component Two" support webinar this Tuesday, December 13, at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern. We will explore strategies to support our NBCT-EDGE Members who are are completing Component Two this year as part of your National Board certification process.
You must be an NBCT-EDGE member to access the session--once you are logged into our virtual support environment, the webinar access instructions are available HERE. If you are unable to attend the live session, the slideshow presentation and recording will be posted following the session in our Component Two section HERE. If you are not yet a member, you can obtain your free NBCT-EDGE membership by completing our membership form on the Ride the Wave page (you must become a registered member by Monday, December 12, in order to get your access instruction in time for this webinar).
To view a list of our upcoming support webinars, visit our Professional Support Series page HERE.
by Joanna Murray, NBCT
NU NB Leadership Center Program Ambassador
For more information, attend our upcoming Component 4 Support webinar on December 19--free to all NBCT-EDGE members. Visit our Professional Support Series page for more details.
The instructions for the 4th and final component of the new National Board Certification process have been released. As many people in the field of education, and especially those closely tied to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) community know, there has been a revamp of the National Board Certification (NBC) process that has been taking place over the last few years. The restructuring of the NBC process started in 2014 with a reformatting of what was the assessment center portion of the test, now called Component 1. Three of the other four Components of the entire assessment were brought on line, one per year since then; however, until last week, Component 4 had not yet been made public. Now that Component Four is officially online, we can all begin to articulate an understanding of the new expectations for what replaces the former Entry 4; and much has changed. Let's take a closer look for what we can expect in engaging with this final Component of the NBPTS assessment.
What Can Candidates Expect to Focus on for the Component Four Entry?
The Component Four, Effective and Reflective Practitioner portfolio entry provides you with the opportunity to highlight your abilities as an effective and reflective practitioner to best support learners. Component Four will involve gathering information from a variety of sources about a group of students; using assessments to effectively plan for and positively impact students’ learning; and providing evidence of collaboration with families and caregivers, the community, colleagues and of contributions to learning communities to advance students’ learning and growth. The types of information candidates submit, the sources of that information, and how you use them will be specific to subject area and the unique characteristics of your students, school, district, and community. As with the other Components, this portfolio entry and the rubric used to assess your submission align with the Five Core Propositions and the certificate area Standards.
What do I Prepare and Submit?
You will begin by gathering evidence in the following categories:
Contextual Information Sheet--You will describe the broader context in which you teach. You will identify the type of school/program in which you teach, the grade/subject configuration, and the number of students and courses you teach. Include, as well, information necessary for the assessor to understand your portfolio entry and any significant information about space, staff, access to technology, and/or other constraints.
Knowledge of Students and Generation and Use of Assessment Data--You will select one group of students as the focus for both the Knowledge of Students and the Generation and Use of Assessment Data sections of this portfolio entry. You will gather information from a variety of sources about this group of students; and select and use assessments (formative, summative, and student self-assessments) to effectively plan for, and positively impact your students’ learning.
Participating in Learning Communities--You will identify and describe both a professional learning need, and a student need which you have worked on collaboratively with colleagues, contributed to learning communities, taken on a leadership role with the larger community, and/or collaborated with families and caregivers to advance students’ learning and growth. The types of information you submit, the sources of that information, and how you use this information will be specific to your subject area and the unique characteristics of your students, school, district, and community.
Written Commentary--After preparing evidence and documentation of Contextual Information, Knowledge of Students and Generation and Use of Assessment Data, and evidence of Participation in Learning Communities, you will write a commentary (no more than 12 pages) on your practice of gathering and using information about students and how you contribute to positive changes for students in the same areas for which you have already gathered evidence culminating this work through the Written Commentary on the following:
1. Knowledge of Students
2. Generation and Use of Assessment Data
3. Participation in Learning Communities
Reflection--In this final section of your Written Commentary, you will reflect on your entry as a whole, articulating efficacy in your efforts to develop and articulate strong knowledge of students, assessment practices, interactions with colleagues, students' families/caregivers, and other community members, and involvement in professional learning communities. You will connect these insights to efficacy in advancing students' growth and articulate a plan for continued personal growth moving forward.
Summing It Up
Component 4 provides you with the opportunity to highlight your abilities as an effective and reflective practitioner by developing and applying your knowledge of your students using evidence. Taken as a whole, you are asked to describe, in your writing, a profile of a group of students by collecting relevant information from families and caregivers, the community, colleagues, and other sources; demonstrate that your assessment choices made in an instructional unit are based on knowledge of the students gained from collaboration with multiple sources, the learning objectives of the unit, an articulation of an understanding of sound assessment principles and practices, and how the information is used to effectively plan for and make a positive impact on student learning.
For more information on obtaining National Board Certification support through our center, be sure to visit our Professional Development Series page and attend our support webinars, which includes information toward earning a Master’s with NBC as a component of the relevant coursework, or a doctoral degree with fee and time reduction for NBCTs.
Attention NBCT-EDGE members, please join our "Component One" support webinar this Monday, November 28, at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern. We will explore strategies to support those of you are are tackling Component One this year as part of your National Board certification journey.
You must be an NBCT-EDGE member to access the session--once you are logged into our virtual support environment, the webinar access instructions are available HERE. If you are unable to attend the live session, the slideshow presentation and recording will be posted following the session in our General Resources section under Component Writing Tips HERE. If you are not yet a member, you can obtain your free NBCT-EDGE membership by completing our membership form on the Ride the Wave page.
To view a list of our upcoming support webinars, visit our Professional Support Series page HERE.
We are hosting a "Writing About Accomplished Teaching" support webinar This Tuesday, November 15, at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern. This sessions will explore the three types of writing candidates will engage in while developing components 1, 2 & 3: descriptive, analytical, and reflective.
The webinar is available to NBCT-EDGE members only. If you would like to access it, you must become a member no later than Monday, November 14, by 6pm Pacific, in order to receive your membership credentials in time. To do so, visit our Ride the Wave page.
For members, the webinar access instructions are available HERE once you have logged into our virtual support environment. If you are unable to attend the live session, the slideshow presentation and recording will be posted following the session in our General Resources section under Component Writing Tips HERE.
To view a list of our upcoming support webinar, visit our Professional Support Series page HERE.
If you have any questions, please contact Sean McCarthy.