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  • High Quality Instruction and Learning for Every Child, Every Day in Every Classroom

    Twenty additional Renton School District teachers have met the rigorous requirements to achieve National Board Cortication. The district now has more than 120 National Board Certified teachers. Like board-certi fied doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certi fication have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. The painstaking process can take hundreds of hours of professional and personal time to attain the certi fication that many consider the gold standard of teacher credentials.

    These teachers understand that being a lifelong learner is a core responsibility of their profession. They also know that constantly improving their skills, knowledge and abilities makes them better prepared to help their students succeed. Many teachers report that after achieving National Board Certification, their teaching improves, especially with regards to assessing students, improving practice, and developing a student-centered, personalized approach in the classroom. Washington state has the largest group in the nation of newly-certified National Board Certified Teachers according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A total of 946 Washington teachers achieved their certi fication this year. That puts the state within the top five nationwide in the total number of NBCTs (8,196).

    Twenty additional Renton School District teachers have achieved

    National Board Certification

    Renton teachers achieve National Board Certification District has more than 120 teachers who are National Board Certified

    December 4, 2014Twenty additional Renton School District teachers recently met the rigorous requirements to achieve National Board Certification for teachers. The district now has more than 120 National Board Certified teachers.

    Washington state has the largest group in the nation of newly-certified National Board Certified Teachers according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A total of 946 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year. That puts the state within the top five nationwide in the total number of NBCTs (8,196).

    Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. The painstaking process can take hundreds of hours of professional and personal time to attain the certification that many consider the gold standard of teacher credentials.

    THE PROCESS TO BECOME A NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER The application process includes submitting four components, including video analysis, student work analysis and documentation of work outside the classroom, as well as one testing component made up of a mix of multiple choice and written answer questions that cover both content and pedagogy. Teachers must also document their work outside of the classroom with colleagues, families, and the community, and detail how those efforts influence student learning. Finally, a dozen trained evaluators in the same field appraise a candidate's portfolio submissions against National Board standards. See a list of all Renton School District Board Certified Teachers at the National website.

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    BEN BETHEA

    Benson Hill Elementary

    MAIA GOODMAN

    Lindbergh High School

    JENNIFER HAROLD Hazen High School

    MEGAN HEINEMAN Renton High School

    MIRIAM HOGLEY

    Bryn Mawr Elementary

    NEWS RELEASE Contact: Randy Matheson | Executive Director Community Relations 425.204.2345 | [email protected]

    www.rentonschools.us | facebook.com/renton.schools | twitter.com/Renton_Schools

    SHEEVA KHASTOO Hazen High School

    BECKY LAMB

    Secondary Learning Center

    REBEKAH MARQUEZ

    Hazen High School

    KELLY MURPHY

    Honey Dew Elementary

    MOLLY OOSTERHOF

    Dimmitt Middle School

    DENIE PAGE

    McKnight Middle School

    LAURIE PARTEN

    McKnight Middle School

    MATT RANDALL

    Lindbergh High School

    CARRIE RIGGS

    Tiffany Park Elementary

    ADAM SWINNEY

    Dimmitt Middle School

    HILARY VARGAS

    Cascade Elementary

    MATT VERMEULEN

    Lindbergh High School

    SARAH WYLIE

    Sierra Heights Elementary

    JANET REGGE

    Honey Dew Elementary (recertified this year)

    ROSEMARY SHAW Renton High School

    (recertified this year) JOSHUA MELANSON, Hazen High School (Photo not available)

    Renton teachers are continually growing, learning and connecting with their communities Renton teachers are again this year pair up with local business owners and managers as part of the annual Renton Chamber of Commerces Business and Education Exchange program, which connects local business owners and managers with teachers, principals and school staff to build understanding and friendships between educators and the business community. The

    program fosters understanding about the work being done in schools and throughout the community while also strengthening long-term partnerships and support for schools and students.

    As part of the program, a businessperson will visit a classroom and see the day-to-day work that teachers do to teach students

    and prepare them for future employment. The teacher, in return, will visit the business to better understand business operations, management, marketing and more.

    Teachers and business people agree that the program has created a strong bond between schools and surrounding businesses.

  • Renton School District students at all grade levels are making great use of school libraries, both online and offline. School libraries are hubs of learning where students of all ages from elementary to high school log onto websites to conduct thoughtful research; use reference and exploration materials to learn more about subjects that are taught in classrooms; find information for school writing and research assignments; and to choose good books to read at school and at home.

    Students using school libraries for research, reading

    Five teams of Renton students recently competed in the First Tech Challenge robotics competition where they designed, built, and programmed robots to compete against other regional teams. Renton teams included students from Dimmitt, McKnight and Nelsen middle schools and Hazen and Renton high schools, who worked to develop strategies and build robots based on sound engineering principles and apply real-world math and science concepts. The teams will compete again this

    week at the final First Tech Challenge competition at Kent ShoWare Center.

    Robotics courses and teams are part of the districts work to improve students knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and helps improve problem solving skills, technological literacy and develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills.

    Students at district middle and high schools use engineering, math and science to build robots

    As part of its ongoing work to keep schools safe and ensure students and staff are prepared for emergencies and natural disasters, Renton School District recently hired William Blake, Jr. as the district Safety and Security Manager, a position that has been restored after being lost to budget reductions some years ago. Blakes work will include helping train teachers, school and district staff on

    proper response techniques during emergencies and natural disasters; helping to train and manage school and district security staff; continuing to ensure school buildings are safe for students and staff, and that visitors can properly enter a school building while also keeping

    entryways secure; and other aspects of school and district safety and security.

    Blake brings a wide range of knowledge and skills to help lead district work around safety and security, including serving 17 years with the Federal Air Marshal Service as regional crisis management coordinator and civil aviation security inspector.

    District continues to keep schools safe and ready for emergencies and natural disasters

  • Renton School District student athletes have been recognized by the states athletics association for hard work in the classroom as well as on the track, field and courts.

    Twenty-four of the districts fall sports teams have won the Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires Scholastic Award presented in association with the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association as top teams in the state to excel in sports while also maintaining high combined team grade point averages (GPA). Teams with a GPA of 3.5 or higher qualify for the Outstanding Team Award; teams with a combined GPA of 3.00-3.49 qualify for the Distinguished Team Award.

    Five district high school teams received Outstanding honors for maintaining a near-perfect 3.7 GPA including: Hazen High Varsity Girls Cross-Country (pictured),

    Hazen High Varsity Girls Swim, Lindbergh High Junior Varsity Girls Cross-Country and Renton High Varsity Girls Cross-Country (pictured). Eighteen additional

    teams from Hazen, Lindbergh and

    Renton high schools also won

    Distinguished Awards with team

    GPAs well above 3.0.

    District student-athletes win awards for athletic success and classroom achievement

    Renton School District works hard to ensure that students receive high-quality education and that there are highly-qualified teachers in classrooms proving

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