Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Joining the NBCTLink

I received the invitation yesterday to join the NBCTLink:
Dear Maria Lourdes Angala,

Congratulations on achieving National Board Certification! The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is happy to welcome you and your fellow National Board Certified Teachers into the new NBCT online community: NBCTLink.
NBCTLink is your opportunity to connect with fellow NBCTs, share best teaching practices and learn new and innovative ways to enhance student learning – all via the Internet.
I logged in, posted my first entry, browsed around and on Leadership Opportunities found this:
NBCTs are recognized by Pi Lambda Theta (PLT), the most selective national honor society and professional association of educators, for meeting the high standards of National Board Certification. PLT programs can enhance the career of even the most accomplished teacher. For example, PLT will advocate with a member‘s potential funding source to support that members’ participation in education’s premier annual teacher leader conference.
I want to get more involved in Professional Learning Network like this that is focused on enhancing teacher effectiveness and student achievement. There is too much negativity clouding the school system at this time that makes me wonder if we are really focusing on what we are supposed to target: empowering the teachers and giving them all the supports, resources and training that they need to be successful in supporting, empowering, inspiring, and rigorously teaching the students to maximize their potential.
I believe that things are going to get better if only we all are willing to make a compromise and have a sincere desire to find agreements that occupy the middle ground. Right action produces right results.

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