The recent NEA NBCT Washington State Policy Summit was simply incredible. It was evident in every way that this group strives for excellence. Washington's gathering was the fourth state summit of board-certified teachers I have helped put together.
More than 200 National Board Certified Teachers gathered in Seattle Oct. 21 to craft policy recommendations that would ensure students in high-needs schools have access to our most-accomplished teachers.
About 225 National Board teachers, plus about 75 representatives of supporting organizations, attended the one-day policy summit.
Washington's gathering was the fourth state summit of board-certified teachers I have helped put together.
"The summit was historic in that it put National Board Certified Teachers in the role of 'policymakers for the day,' noted Jim Meadows, WEA's National Board certification expert. "NBCTs provided many recommendations that, if implemented systematically, could help enhance student learning in high-needs schools."
Serving as a consultant for the Center for Teaching Quality and the NEA, my role with each of these state summits has been to virtually train (in Elluminate) the hand selected National Board certified teachers to be facilitators of breakout sessions that use a well defined process to produce well crafted policy recommendations that are then shared with policy makers in an afternoon session.
Washington's facilitators were outstanding. They took participants through each stage of the breakout process with such professionalism. The comments and ideas that were generated will certainly bring value added to educational reform initiatives around staffing and supporting high needs schools across the state.
If you would like to see other pictures from the summit please check out the flickr photo stream.
These are the facilitators for Washington State's Policy Summit
Sara Van Donge
The day begain with a welcome from Rita Chaudhuri, NBCT
and the Convener Welcoming was given byâ
Terry Bergeson, State Superintendent and Charles Hasse, WEA
I got to spend some time with Terry Bergeson and was so impressed. The stories that were told about her life as a teacher leader and the inroads she has made on behalf of children made her standout as a role model in my mind.
The Keynote Address was given by Eric Liu,
and was absolutely awesome. I grabbed two clips for you and uploaded to YouTube. I will embed them here... they were taken with my digital camera so video isnt that great, but audio is perfect.
Interactive Session Highlights
Center for Teaching Quality
Tom Charouhas, NBCT
Anne Walker, NBCT
It has been very satisfying watching breakout process work in four states now as a strategy for bringing NBCTs together and in under two hours resulting in several well crafted policy recommendations.
Break Out Topics
Leading from the Classroom: Fostering Teacher Leadership in High-Needs Schools:
Incentives for Teaching: Monetary and Non-Financial Rewards for Teaching in High-Needs Schools:
Growing Our Own: Developing National Board Certified Teachers in High-Needs Schools:
Recruiting and Supporting Teachers of Color into National Board Certification and into High-Needs Schools:
Diversifying the Teaching Force: Attracting, Recruiting and Supporting Future Generations of Diverse Teachers:
Building Collaborative Cultures: Opportunities to Think, Plan and Learn:
Cultural Competence: The Knowledge, Skills and Support Needed to Effectively Teach Students in High-Needs Schools:
Professional Development: Career-long Opportunities for Teaching, Learning and Growth in High-Needs Schools:
Mentoring and Induction: Comprehensive Support Systems for New Teachers in High-Needs Schools: Lunch
Conditions and Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gaps: Roles for NBCTs
During lunch keyleaders shared. A National Perspectives from National Partners
Kevin Teeley, NBPTS Board Member & WEA Executive Board Member
Mentoring and Induction: Comprehensive Support Systems for New Teachers in High-Needs Schools:
Joseph Aguerrebere, President, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Segun Eubanks, National Education Association
Lunch and all the food and snacks were outstanding! Washington really knows how to throw a summit! Dessert was a special treat!
Presentation of NBCT
The recommendations that were crafted through the breakout sessions were presented by the following NBCTs.
Richelle Ward, NBCT
Lori Fujimoto, NBCT
Debra Blodgett-Goins, NBCT
Representative Glenn Anderson, House Education Committee Member
Ann Daley, Executive Direct
Roger Erskine, Professional Educat
Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, Senate Early Learning, K-12, and Higher Education Chair
Representative Dave Quall, House Education Chair
The conversation was lively between NBCTs and the policy makers. Challenges were given and accepted. The recommendations that were shared will be shared soon on the WEA Web page.
The next summit is in Ohio. See you there!