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A Timeline of Tasks
by Nicole Chiarello

Nicole Chiarello is working toward National Board Certification as an Early Childhood through Young Adulthood Exceptional Needs Specialist.

October 13, 2003

The National Board for Professional Teacher Standards provides a suggested timeline in the portfolio that comes in "the box." The timeline details what should be accomplished each month to stay on schedule. I decided to go through that timeline and make a plan for myself.

One of the tasks listed for Month One is to get the release forms signed. I had a plan for the student releases, but I realized I had forgotten to arrange to have the adult releases signed. Adult releases have to be signed by any adult who might appear in the videotapes. I figured I would need adult releases signed by my two classroom assistants and by the school social worker who works closely with my students. I didn't really plan on having them in the videotape, but I would rather have the releases signed ahead of time, just in case.

Another task listed for the first month is to begin a communication log for Entry 4. That's the entry we started in our pre-candidate course; it looks at our commitment to learning through our work with students' families and the community, and through our development as a learner and as a leader/collaborator. A sample log is provided with the entry. I already communicate with each parent every night in a school planner. I'm going to have to find out if I have to use the log provided by the Board, or if I can use my own planner.

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Meet Nicole Chiarello

Nicole Chiarello received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University at Buffalo, of the State University of New York, in May 1994 and her master's degree in special education, learning and behavior disorders from Buffalo State College in December 1996. For the remainder of the 1996-1997 academic year, Nicole worked as an inclusion teacher at Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School in Sanborn, N.Y. For the past six years, she has taught a district-wide special education program for three-to-five students with emotional and behavioral concerns at Bradford Elementary School in Westerly, Rhode Island. Nicole was named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2000. She is currently serving on a district team focusing on social, emotional, and behavioral concerns in the classroom.

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