Vance County educator assists in publication of standards guide
Arnetra Terry, an elementary literacy specialist with Vance County Schools, played a key role in writing the Early Childhood Generalist Standards publication, which is now available. It will be used by educators to guide them in their instruction of children ages 3-8 across the United States for the next several years.
Terry was one of 14 professionals who served on the standards committee through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to develop the book. She was the only representative on the committee from North Carolina.
Every few years these publications must be updated to ensure they are aligned with curriculum being taught in public schools across the nation. The committee would meet once a month for one week at the time in Washington, D.C., over six consecutive months. This latest edition (the third edition) took about a year and a half to be written and printed.
According to Terry, the committee had to strengthen and update standards, as well as incorporate technology and strategies for students who don’t speak English as their primary language into those standards.