U-46 Teachers Traveling to D.C. to Foster Growth, Excellence

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U-46 Teachers Traveling to D.C. to Foster Growth, Excellence


Byline: Submitted by Elgin Area United School District 46

Great teachers are among the nation's best ambassadors for advancing teaching excellence in this country.

Dozens of these teachers -- National Board Certified Teachers -- will convene on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, July 26, to provide firsthand perspectives to federal policymakers on the positive effect that board certification and its guiding principles have on students and schools.

Andrea Dombrowski and Doreen Roberts, both U-46 educators, have been selected by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to serve as representatives for Illinois' delegation of board certified teachers who will participate in Capitol Hill Day July 26.

"Working to foster the growth of teaching excellence for our students is a key component of being a National Board Certified Teacher, which is why this trip to Washington is critical," said Dombrowski, one of 4192 teachers who have achieved National Board Certification in Illinois. "

My accomplished teacher colleagues and I have important roles to play beyond what we do in the classroom in shaping the future of our schools and creating the work environments that support high-quality teaching and learning."

"Board certified teachers embody the very essence of what effective teaching means, which is why these discussions with elected officials are so important," said Brian Lewis, NBPTS interim chief executive officer and chief strategy officer. "Board certified teachers like Doreen tell the real stories of how certification has transformed teaching, schools and students' learning."

Topics NBCTs will discuss with members of Congress and staff include:

NBPTS has created the definitive standards and assessment process to develop and assess accomplished teaching practice -- which is directly tied to student learning and achievement. …

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