California Educator

March 2015

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What should teacher leaders be doing? "Articulate what we know about what matters for good instruction," said Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford professor of educa- tion, in her keynote remarks. "What we know matters for student learning, for their support and welfare. It's import- ant for teacher leaders to advocate — in our local school, at the district level, by writing that letter to the editor, and by talking to our legislators." "Professionals advocate based on the knowledge they have. We demonstrate how our knowledge is used to make kids successful," added Darling-Hammond. She noted there are new conversations taking place nationally that focus on "test, instruct and support," not "test and punish." Educators learned about opportunities for advocacy, instruction and change. The day ended with a celebration of new National Board Certified Teachers (shown in photo above) and those who completed renewing their certification. Find a list of California's NBCTs at Front row: Peggy Brookins, NBPTS vice president; Kareina Lee, Tucson, Ariz.; Emily Flores, Oakland Education Association (OEA); Crystal Carrillo, United Educators of San Francisco (UESF); Elizabeth MacNab, UESF; and Athena Lafferty, UESF. Back row: Nancy Lucero, UESF; Jessica Tucker, OEA; Emma Bean, Austin, Texas; Kristin Hart, Palo Alto Education Association; Renata Sanchez, San Jose Teachers Association; Catherine Theilen Burke, UESF; and Michaela Miller, NBPTS outreach and engagement director. Exploring teacher leadership Opportunities for advocacy, instruction and change S O M E 1 2 0 A C C O M P L I S H E D educators explored teacher lead- ership in the areas of instruction, association and policy at Stanford University in February. To lead the profession, CTA is actively supporting members who are stepping into leadership roles in various areas. That means work- ing directly with members and partnering with other organizations, such as the National Resource Center and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which sponsored the networking opportunity with CTA. Best practices Learning 44

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