National Board Announces New Virtual Conference
Teachers Can Access NBPTS Professional Development Sessions Online

Arlington, Va. – June 2, 2011 – For the first time ever, National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), National Board Certification candidates, pre-service teachers and other educators nationwide can participate in an online version of the 2011 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Conference. The virtual conference is part of the NBPTS full conference, Reboot! Teaching Transformed, to be held July 27-30, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Individuals as well as groups can join the conference via the Internet. The virtual conference kicks off on the afternoon of July 28, at 1:30 p.m., with seven general sessions and 12 concurrent sessions streaming live online through July 30 at 2 p.m. Online registration is available.

The virtual conference serves as an alternative for those interested in participating but unable to travel to Washington. The addition of a virtual conference fits with this year’s conference theme, focusing on technology in education. This hybrid format also allows educators to gather across the country for satellite conferences and discuss the sessions among themselves as well as with others attending online.
For example, the UCLA NBPTS Project is hosting the “NBPTS National Virtual Conference” for Los Angeles NBCTs and teachers interested in National Board Certification who are unable to travel to the D.C.-based NBPTS Conference.

General Session Speakers (Virtual and onsite)
• Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education and former chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools.
• Karen Cator, director, Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education, who previously directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education.
• Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and nationally known education policy expert, lecturer and advocate for teaching excellence.
• Pedro Noguera, professor at New York University, and nationally known as an expert on school reform, diversity and the achievement gap.
• Dan Pink, motivational speaker and author of The New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind and Drive about the changing world of work.
• Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University, historian of education, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education.
• Sarah Brown Wessling, National Board Certified Teacher, 2010 National Teacher of the Year and an English teacher at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa.

Concurrent Sessions (Virtual and onsite)
In addition to the general session speakers, the following concurrent sessions will be presented in the virtual format:

• The Boston Teacher Leadership Certificate: Teachers as Resources for District Reform, Jill Harrison Berg
• Teachers and Education Policy: Finding Our Voice, Sandra Dean
• Closing the Achievement Gap through Take One!, Holly Gamble
• Wired for Analysis: New Tools for Reflection, Mary Ann Joseph
• Affecting Education Policy: Lessons from the US Department of Education TAF Program, Patrick Ledesma
• STEAM: A Hot Topic in Education, Jacie Masly
• Using Technology Tools with Colleagues, Students and Parents, Teresa Petty
• Empowering Students with Web 2.0 to Create, Collaborate and Communicate, Julie Ramsay
• Take One! as a Professional Development-School Transformation Tool, Annette Romano
• Implementing Practical Differentiated Instruction Strategies, Leah Van More
• No More Lists! Generative Vocabulary Instruction for All Content Areas, Jennifer Van Pelt
• Blogging for Teacher Leadership, Tom White

For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, visit www.nbpts.org.

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About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
NBPTS, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization, is an integral part of America’s growing education reform movement. In developing, recognizing and retaining accomplished educators, NBPTS provides advanced standards, assessments and professional development resources to support educators at all stages of their professional growth; links subject-matter knowledge and effective teaching practices to student learning and achievement; and helps build and support school-based professional learning communities. Today, more than 91,000 National Board Certified Teachers are making a positive difference in the lives of students across the nation. For more information, visit www.nbpts.org.

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James R. Minichello
(703) 465-2171
Cell: (202) 360-9973
jminichello@nbpts.org

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