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Tips for Completing Entry #4 Documented Accomplishments: Contributions to Student Learning

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This document has been developed to assist National Board Candidates as they complete Entry #4 – Documented Accomplishments. Entry #4 is universal to all candidates and certificate areas. Requirements and instructions for this portfolio entry are standard no matter what age range or certificate area a candidate is attempting. This document will serve as a reference guide to the instructions as well as a compendium of hints and tips for candidates working through their entries.

Please be sure always to reference your own certificate instructions for the final authority on what should or should not be included in your portfolio, as they are the ultimate source of information on your entry.

This guide will be a helpful resource for you as you begin to examine your professional self. Good Luck on your journey!

About the author
Catherine Anderson earned her National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science in 1999. She has taught science for 24 years, with the last 15 at DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire. A trained NBPTS facilitator, Cathy has conducted extensive candidate support work for the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the National Education Association, and the Eau Claire Association of Educators.

Cathy is involved in various subject area organizations, including WSST (Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers), WEST (Wisconsin Elementary & Middle School Science Teachers), NSTA (National Science Teachers Association), and NMLSTA (National Middle Level Science Teachers Association). Cathy also had the honor to be named chairperson for the National Board Early Adolescent Standards Review Committee (2002 2003) that resulted in the new edition of the EA/Science standards. Honors and Awards include: Wisconsin Distinguished Teacher Award; WSST Regional Teacher Award; Herb Kohl Fellowship Award; Wisconsin State Middle School Teacher of the Year; and being named a Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher.

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