Dr. Ken Fawson, Interim Dean of the National University School of Education, led off the speakers by welcoming all of those in attendance. He was followed by Daneka Goodwin, representative for Congresswoman Susan Davis (53rd District), who spoke on behalf of the Congresswoman in honoring the NBCTs present with special certificates. Then newly certified NBCT Chrisi Van Wyhe (AYA ELA) spoke about the impact becoming an NBCT has had on her teaching and her work in encouraging her district to incorporate the process into its staff development plans. NBCT candidate Mardel Backes (EA ELA) then spoke about the challenges she faced and overcame through the portfolio development process--motivation for all those who think the NB process is too much of a challenge. Next, Dr. Lynne Anderson, lead faculty for the NU School of Education, spoke of her partnership with the NUPTDC in supporting her pre-service candidates. NBCT candidates Armand Amoranto and David Fogliatti (AYA Science) then shared a video about an iPad and Moodle LMS implementation project that they worked on during the past year and discussed how they incorporated the project into their portfolio process.
Next, NBCTs from several school districts explained how the partnership with NUPTDC was helping their districts increase NBCTs and/or support staff development efforts. Dr. Staci Block shared how her school, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, was using Take One! as a staff development focus. Phoebe Manso, from Compton USD, and Sean McCarthy, from Murrieta Valley USD, both discussed the dramatic increase in the number of district NBCTs as a result of the NUPTDC partnership efforts. Joanna Murray shared how Vista USD's work with NUPTDC resulted in a dramatic number of new NBCT and Take One! candidates. Finally, Melanie Sutton, who traveled all the way from Alaska, explained how the NUPTDC MAT program, which integrates the NB portfolio process, was providing a great incentive and support opportunity for NBCT candidates from the Anchorage School District.
Two representatives from NBPTS concluded the speaker presentations. DIrector of NBCT Engagement Andrea Hajek explored how well NUPTDC initiatives and efforts aligned with NBPTS goals. NBPTS Board Member, Dr. Kathy Wiebke, who also produced and directed the film Mitchell 20, shared the importance of continuing to support and promote National Board Certification in light of the many challenges facing educators in today's world.
The highlight of the evening then commenced: honoring the renewed NBCTs, newly certified NBCTs and candidates. Each group introduced themselves and their area of candidacy, along with a word or phrase that described their NB experience. They were then given certificates, pins, and gift bags, followed by a group picture as the audience applauded their efforts.
View the slide show below for pictures from the event.