Chicago Public Schools Educator Joins Select Group to Bolster National Teach-ing Standards—The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has cho-sen Mitchell Brookins, a Differentiated In-struction Specialist, to serve on a commit-tee composed of a select group of educa-tors from across the country assigned to assure that the National Board’s Literacy: Reading-Language Arts Standards reflect the best practices and latest research in the field. Brookins is among nine NBCTs on the 12-member panel, chosen from a pool of approximately 500 applicants. Brookins states, “The work of this committee is im-perative because it continues to promote the belief that educators must reflect prac-titioners whose craft yields student learning.”
As part of the National Board’s ongoing mission to provide high and rigorous stan-dards for what accomplished teachers should be knowledgeable and capable of, the Literacy: Reading-Language Arts Stan-dard committee will review and revise the current standards that are the basis for NBCTs in the field. Practicing teachers fill a majority of seats on standards committees, while other members represent districts, states, and higher education. Read more of Newsletter