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					National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University
2008 – 2009 www.coe.ilstu.edu/ilnbpts/

Specific Strategies for School Leaders Recruitment Professional Development and Preparation Celebration Candidate Support NBCT Leadership

Compiled by Dr. Lynn Gaddis Fall 2008 “Building Teams of National Board Certified Teachers” Training Sponsored by the Chicago Public Education Fund

National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University
2008 – 2009 www.coe.ilstu.edu/ilnbpts/

Recruitment
Build Awareness.  Inform all staff about NBC process, school support, and monetary incentives. o Send blast emails with focused topics about NBC. o Include ongoing short presentations at monthly faculty meetings. o Share strategies about NBC may increase quality of instructional practice.  Arrange and facilitate a school-wide informational session with video for interested teachers.  Work with other principals and district administrators to host district-wide informational meetings.  Continuously include information in agendas and conduct discussions about NBC with staff and parent meetings.  Enable NBCTs to give a recruitment presentation to staff.  Enable NBCTs to meet one-on-one with interested staff. Provide Resources.  Provide on-site resources.  Enable teachers to visit NBC Resource Centers.  Provide substitute teaches for NBCTs to visit other classes and/or to talk to teachers about NBC.  Link the NBC process to what teachers already do as routine--analyze student work, work in learning communities, learn about best practice, etc.  Provide financial support for resources and fees. Strategically Targeted Recruitment.  Use “thoughtful” and “careful” words to strategically recruit candidates.  Recruit teachers ready to pursue NBC.  Ask teacher candidates during interviews about personal goals toward NBC.  Include a discussion of NBC in post-observation conference and ask teachers for professional goals as to if or when they plan to pursue NBC.  Offer options for professional growth that highlight NBC among other options—graduate degree, CPDUs, etc.  Identify teacher groups to target for recruitment by grade level, department, committees, teams, etc.  Meet with NBCTs to serve as “head hunters” to recruit and support candidates and retention. Public Support  Take pictures of NBCTs working together to post at school.  Honor those who do not achieve as being models of persistence to improve their teaching.  Celebrate teachers who accomplish NBC.  Offer constant support and encouragement to NBC candidates.  Use leadership positions as incentives to NBC participation. o Support NBCTs to plan staff development with school improvement planning and shared leadership. o Support teachers to work with other NBCT colleagues. o Ask NBCTs to reinforce what is seen as exemplary and to share as presentation or with other teachers.
Compiled by Dr. Lynn Gaddis Fall 2008 “Building Teams of National Board Certified Teachers” Training Sponsored by the Chicago Public Education Fund

National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University
2008 – 2009 www.coe.ilstu.edu/ilnbpts/

Professional Development and Preparation
Create or revise the school professional development plan to include TAKE ONE and the National Board process.     Set high expectations as a school. Enable NBCTs to model “best practices” and identify and clarify what is “best practice.”

Enable NBCTs to serve as mentors. Integrate the NBPTS standards and “Architecture of Teaching” into professional development experiences. o Provide time and substitute teachers to enable professional collaboration on embedding NBC into practice. o Provide NBC framework to provide experiences in effectively examining student work, videotapes of teaching and working with families. o Provide professional development experiences that are designed so participants may analyze their teaching decisions based on the NBPTS “Architecture of Teaching.” o Link components of professional portfolios to NBC. o Incorporate NBC into the culture of the school.

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Build inter/intra NBC groups. Provide technical support prior to beginning the NBC process.

Compiled by Dr. Lynn Gaddis Fall 2008 “Building Teams of National Board Certified Teachers” Training Sponsored by the Chicago Public Education Fund

National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University
2008 – 2009 www.coe.ilstu.edu/ilnbpts/

Celebration
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Arrange celebrations for NBCTs and candidates. o Encourage family or classroom celebrations for newly-named NBCTs.. o Recognize candidates or NBCTs at the school open house. o Arrange an opening ceremony for the initial step toward NBC. o Sponsor a school status celebration (ex. First completed video, first written commentary drafted, etc.). o Provide a breakfast with the principal for candidates and NBCTs. o Sponsor a portfolio submission reception. o Conduct recognition ceremonies for new NBCTs with entire staff and invite them to join the NBC process. Present formal announcements of teachers engaged in stages of NBC—awareness sessions, pre-candidacy, candidacy and newly named NBCTs. Post information about NBC or candidates and NBCTs in a newsletter, on the marquee, local newspaper, and school websites. Provide a bulletin board of NBCTs. Arrange for student letters/cards of thanks, congratulations, encouragement, etc. for candidates and NBCTs. Disseminate bumper stickers for students of NBCTs and provide celebratory items—hats, t-shirts, pens—for candidates when mailing their boxes. Issue school certificates for different stages of the NBC process—Registering as a candidate, submitting the portfolio, completing the assessment center, etc.

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Compiled by Dr. Lynn Gaddis Fall 2008 “Building Teams of National Board Certified Teachers” Training Sponsored by the Chicago Public Education Fund

National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University
2008 – 2009 www.coe.ilstu.edu/ilnbpts/

Candidate Support
Enable NBCTs to mentor candidates onsite.  Arrange time to meet with candidates to identify how to support.  Arrange and pay for Saturday sessions for NBCTs to mentor candidates.  Offer training and opportunities for NBCTs to read entries and for teachers to edit entries.  Create your own school cohort support system for candidates.  Arrange for support for candidates to prepare for the assessment center.  Provide substitute teachers for NBCTs to observe candidates and/or to videotape in candidates’ classrooms.  Schedule common prep time for candidates and NBCT mentors.  Share information with interested candidates and administrators about NBC websites, resource center sites, and the NBC process through multiple means by well-prepared NBCT presenters at the school.

Make arrangements for candidates to have time devoted to completing the NBC process.  Be flexible with candidates’ time and free them from professional development experiences to work with mentors or independently on the NBC process.  Limit and minimize additional responsibilities to enable candidates to devote more time to NBC process.  Minimize changes for candidates in schedules, room assignment, preps, etc.  Provide substitute teachers for entire schools days for release time for candidates to work on portfolio and prepare for assessment center.  Provide funding for after school mentoring time.  Establish regular meetings to provide pacing and time management as candidates complete the process.

Allocate resources specifically available to NBC candidates—
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Provide a meeting place for NBCTs, TAKE ONE candidates and NBPTS candidates.
Arrange for candidates to access copying service, food, water, ink cartridges, flash drives, laptops, video cameras, tripods, microphones, firewires, DVDs, computer labs, technological support, binders, paper, etc. Pay for the $565 initial cost for the candidate fees. Pay substitute teacher days for candidates to work on portfolio entries and prepare for the assessment center. Arrange to provide technical support. Arrange for students who are doing video projects to videotape for candidates. Offer clerical support for printing, compiling, packing, etc. Work with vendors for free materials. Enable cohorts to meet at your building. o Keep school buildings open late. o Position your school as a candidate cohort site and invite candidates from other schools to meet with your teachers and NBCTs after school.

Compiled by Dr. Lynn Gaddis Fall 2008 “Building Teams of National Board Certified Teachers” Training Sponsored by the Chicago Public Education Fund

National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University
2008 – 2009 www.coe.ilstu.edu/ilnbpts/

Candidate Support
Offer emotional support and words of encouragement face-to-face and through email and notes.  Provide words of encouragement/motivation throughout the process.  Affirm that candidates can be less than perfect and adjust responsibilities.  Monthly check-in with the candidate to encourage and identify needs for support.  Routinely request from candidates’ ways administration/staff can assist and get feedback throughout process.

Acknowledge the finishing steps along the way to complete the process.  Arrange for a kickoff ceremony and Hold a reception or meeting early in the school year for candidates and staff and present candidates with care packages.  Make announcements as candidates meet milestones in the process.  Arrange for a packing party. Acknowledge candidates with staff, LSC, parents, communities, etc.  Encourage the rest of the staff to be supportive of the candidates.  Recruit parents, staff, and principal as videographers.  Send letter to parents from principal to support teachers and request parents to return their signatures on release forms.

Compiled by Dr. Lynn Gaddis Fall 2008 “Building Teams of National Board Certified Teachers” Training Sponsored by the Chicago Public Education Fund

National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University
2008 – 2009 www.coe.ilstu.edu/ilnbpts/

NBCT Leadership Opportunities
Identify potential NBCTs as leaders. Enable NBCTs to select their strength and needs for professional development for further learning.  Provide cognitive coaching professional development experiences to NBCTs to further develop their skills. Provide release time for leadership activities.  Enable NBCTs to serve on instructional leadership teams.  Enable NBCTs to act as spokesperson for the school and its accomplishments. Offer the school to serve as a lab site or candidate cohort site. Enable NBCTs to serve as leaders, mentors, and professional development providers. o Design and lead professional development. o Lead walk-through teams. o Mentor teachers. o Serve as a coach. o Facilitate data analysis on teams. o Serve as department heads. o Create your own school cohort support system for candidates. o Serve on school representative to parent organization. o Serve on school professional development committee. o Serve on school improvement planning team. o Serve on leadership teams.

Compiled by Dr. Lynn Gaddis Fall 2008 “Building Teams of National Board Certified Teachers” Training Sponsored by the Chicago Public Education Fund


				
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