Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Professional Standards Board

I was alerted yesterday afternoon that I have been named to the Professional Standards Board for New Hampshire.  This may sound entirely boring to many of you, but it is one of the most exciting things that has happened to me this year!

The PSB meets 5 times a year and is made up of 21 members--classroom teachers, higher education representatives, and lay people--who serve 3-year terms and its duties include recommending policies to the the state board of education about pre-service education, professional growth, initial & re- certification, para-professional training, revocation of credentials, and performance evaluation.

This kind of work fascinates me, because the question of teacher preparation and teacher effectiveness is becoming a nationwide conversation.  Are universities preparing our teachers for what really happens in the classrooms?  How are teachers showing that they are maintaining professional relevance?  I am honored to work with such a group and so excited about what we will tackle over the next three years!

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