Looks like I’ll be starting the process of National Board Certification next year. Illinois offers a limited amounted of fee waivers with priority going to teachers from districts on the academic watch list (which mine is), and I got news on Monday that I made the list. The whole process of certification is changing next year, if you haven’t heard, so I intend blog the entire process. Should be fun.
It also appears as though I might be training with “experts” in the Illinois State Learning Standards (a.k.a. The CCSS). Through some federal grant money, the state is training a number of teachers to go to back to their own districts and share expert knowledge and practice in the standards. I don’t really know much about it the process, honestly. It was just an opportunity I ran into through the many, many daily/weekly digest emails to which I subscribe. More details later.
Finally, I haven’t heard anything about the LearnZillion Dream Team/Teach Fest just yet. In the last email communication, the phrase “Mid-April” was used as a date in which they were planning to notify applicants. That’s the big one to me really. Damn, I hope that happens.