Jen Robinson Current Affairs, National Board Certification

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With all the bad looming around education today, I chose to acknowledge the teachers in my district, across the state and across the country, who are preparing to submit their portfolios for National Board certification. About two weeks ago my district met with 68 teachers and told them they would not be offered a contract for next year. Despite this “white elephant” in our school, the National Board candidates continue to push themselves, push their practice and remain positive in the face of adversity. They continue to stand up and advocate for what is best for the kids at our school.

Last year at this time, they committed to going through and completing the National Board certification process. They could have walked away at any point, but they didn’t. Each teacher went through the process for different reasons; above all they wanted to be the best teacher for their students. They wanted to dig deeper and analyze their practice – provide students what they needed to be successful learners. The National Board candidates at my school hold a special place in my heart. They allowed me to follow their journey and research their process as part of my dissertation.

So today, March 28, 2011 I dedicate this blog to teachers across the state and country, who challenge their practice against the National Board Professional Teaching Standards, especially the teachers who participated in my research study. I am so proud of each of you for challenging your teaching practice, for stepping up and saying, “I want to be the best teacher I can for my students.” It became very clear just how much you care about your students and giving them what they need to be successful. Your passion and commitment to your students, parents, community and to the field of education is remarkable. I am honored and humbled that you allowed me to be part of your journey. I have grown as a teacher, an educator and a researcher because of you. You are an inspiration to all teachers and educators.

I cannot thank you enough.

Heroes – single version (David Bowie)


Jen Robinson

Maricopa, Arizona

Hello, my name is Jen Robinson. I have been in education for over 20 years. I began teaching in Buffalo, NY in 1992, as a pre-school special education teacher. My experience ranges from primary grades through high school. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2001, where we were fortunate enough to teach at the same school. In 2004, I achieved National Board Certification and currently support candidates. In 2011 I completed my Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. My dissertation research focused on supporting National Board candidates through their certification process. During the 2012-2013 school year, I completed my National Board renewal process. It was humbling and very powerful to step back into a classroom. I am currently an elementary principal. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. I also serve on the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team where we are solutions focused in an effort to transform and elevate the teaching profession.

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