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HHS teacher co-presenter for national webinar series

Matt Friedl

Matt Friedl, Hudson High School history and government teacher, recently served as a national co-presenter for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standard's (NBPTS) Summer Advocacy Institute held earlier this summer. Both National Board Certified Teachers and education policy experts at the local, state and federal levels were used as presenters for the six-part online webinar-based series.

NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization whose mission is to increase student achievement in the nation's schools.

Friedl co-presented a session titled "U.S. Congress - Impacting Federal Education Policy." The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA - formerly known as No Child Left Behind) is soon approaching. The session's purpose was to understand Congress's role in setting that education policy -- and to know the process by which federal legislation is enacted.

"Our nation's education policy is increasingly becoming a dynamic entity," said Friedl. "The federal government is playing a greater role in the formation of our education policy, and yet the vast majority of education funding and policy decisions are still made at the state and local levels. Achieving a common set of education goals among these government institutions is no small feat -- but it must be done."

Friedl has twice served as state team leader for the Wisconsin delegation in its National Hill Day visits to Washington, D.C. He also is a regional National Board candidate support coordinator for the state of Wisconsin and is past-president of the Wisconsin National Board Network.

To become a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), an educator voluntarily agrees to be assessed in content area knowledge, student lesson design and analysis, reflective practice, and professional commitment to students, parents, community and the teaching profession.

Less than 2 percent of the nation's teachers have achieved National Certification. Educators from both the public and private sector are eligible to participate in the process.

Joining Friedl as NBCTs in the Hudson School District are Stephen Kennedy, Terri Swinney, Mary Wicker, Judy Wyatt-Schlei and Michael Yell.

Any educator, administrator, student, parent, community member, civic group, business organization or government official who would like to know how they can participate in the National Board process may contact Friedl at or the NBPTS website at