Presentation on theme: "A Distinction That Matters: National Board Certification ® National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ® (NBPTS) ®"— Presentation transcript:
A Distinction That Matters: National Board Certification ® National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ® (NBPTS) ®
At the Center of it All: Improved Student Learning
NBPTS: Mission To advance the quality of teaching and learning by: Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do, Providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who met these standards, and Advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification ® in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers TEACH
National Board Certification ® Symbol of professional teaching excellence Created so teachers can achieve distinction through a demanding performance and content assessment TEACH It is a chance to let people see that teachers are getting the job done. -Celeste Fobia-McClure, NBCT, Early Childhood/Generalist, California
NBPTS: Background NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-governmental organization Created in 1987 in response to A Nation At Risk and A Nation Prepared Support from foundations, corporations, grants from the U.S. Department of Education, and candidate fees
What are the Requirements ? Candidates must have: A bachelors degree A minimum of three years teaching in a public or private school A valid teaching license TEACH
National Board Certified Teachers As of 1/03
Where are the NBCTs ? As of December 2002, legislative and policy action creating incentives and recognition for National Board Certification has been enacted in 49 states. Please check for current information.
Incentives for National Board Certification ® Salary supplements Full or partial fee support Full or partial credential reciprocity State license renewal Stipends for mentoring new teachers and new candidates for National Board Certification TEACH As of January 2003, legislative and policy action creating incentives and recognition for National Board Certification has been enacted in 49 states and in approximately 454 local school districts, including the District of Columbia. As a demonstration of their commitment to accomplished teaching, these states and localities offer a range of incentives that may include: Please visit for current information.
About NBPTS Standards NBPTS Board of Directors appoints teachers to serve on standards committees. Others who serve include: Teacher Educators Developmental Experts Leaders in Disciplinary Fields Teachers are involved at all levels from setting standards, advising assessment development, and serving as scorers.
About NBPTS Standards Standards in each certificate field are developed by the Standards Committee Based on the National Boards core policy statement, What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do and the Five Core Propositions Are reviewed publicly by a field of education and teaching experts TEACH
NBPTS: Five Core Propositions I.Teachers are committed to students and their learning. II.Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students. III.Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning. IV.Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience. V.Teachers are members of learning communities TEACH
NBPTS Certificates Art Early Childhood and Middle Childhood/Art Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Art Career and Technical Education Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education English as a New Language Early Childhood and Middle Childhood/English as a New Language Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/English as a New Language English Language Arts Early Adolescence/English Language Arts Adolescence and Young Adulthood /English Language Arts Exceptional Needs Specialist Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist
NBPTS Certificates Generalist Early Childhood/Generalist Middle Childhood/Generalist Early Adolescence/Generalist Library Media Early Childhood through Adulthood/Library Media Mathematics Early Adolescence/Mathematics Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Mathematics Music Early Childhood and Middle Childhood/Music Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Music Science Early Adolescence/Science Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science TEACH
NBPTS Certificates Social Studies – History Early Adolescence/Social Studies – History Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Social Studies – History Physical Education Early Childhood and Middle Childhood/Physical Education Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Physical Education World Languages Other than English Early Childhood and Middle Childhood/World Languages Other than English Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/World Languages Other than English
What Certificates Are Planned for the Future ? NBPTS has plans to offer a total of 28 certificates, including: Literacy: Reading–Language Arts Health Education School Counseling TEACH
What Are the Age Categories?
About the National Board Certification ® Assessment Provides extensive professional development experience Measures accomplished teaching Provides opportunity for reflection about excellent teaching practices TEACH It is an opportunity to examine your practice, a chance to reflect on what you are doing or not doing. -Anne Poplin, NBCT, Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts, South Carolina
About the National Board Certification ® Assessment Teachers provide evidence of how they met the high and rigorous standards National Board Certification assessment is comprised of two components: I.A school-site portfolio II.Exercises at assessment center
About the National Board Certification ® Assessment SCHOOL-SITE PORTFOLIO Show evidence of teaching practice through: Student work and knowledge Videotapes of classroom interaction Written commentaries TEACH
About the National Board Certification ® Assessment ASSESSMENT CENTER EXERCISES Focus on subject knowledge Age and content-appropriate teaching strategies used Candidates complete six exercises
NBCTs Facilitate Other Candidates TEACH
Research Confirms National Board Certification ® Recognizes Accomplished Teaching NBCTs significantly outperform their peers in 11 out of 13 key dimensions of expert teaching practice. Work samples from students of NBCTs reflected a deeper understanding of the concepts taught (when compared to students of teachers who sought but hadnt achieved National Board Certification) The University of North Carolina - Greensboro Validation Study found that:
How Can National Board Certification ® Help Teachers ? The highest acknowledgement of accomplished teaching An opportunity to grow and be challenged as a professional An opportunity for teachers to affirm that they are accomplished teachers National Board Certification provides: TEACH
How Can National Board Certification ® Help Teachers ? National Board Certification prompted me to be more analytical of my teaching practice. I know that this analysis has made me a better teacher for my students. -Maria Telesca, NBCT, Middle Childhood/Generalist, Illinois
How Can National Board Certification ® Help Principals ? Mentor new teachers and help decrease high turn-over rates Are effective role models Lead professional development activities Provide a measure of teacher quality that can inspire and excite the school community National Board Certified Teachers: TEACH
How Can National Board Certification ® Help Principals ? Having someone in your school model effective teaching is wonderful. National Board Certification makes teachers more aware of their teaching style and ability. -Phyllis Brown, Principal, New York
How Can National Board Certification ® Help Parents ? It recognizes the accomplished teaching occurring in American schools. It stresses communication with the family as a way to achieve results in the classroom. NBCTs, through their pursuit of National Board Certification, demonstrate lifelong learning TEACH
How Can National Board Certification ® Help Parents ? All three of my children have benefited from having a National Board Certified Teacher. The results were noticeable - my children had better results in the classroom when the teacher was an NBCT. -Yvette Slocum, Parent and PTA School District President, Tupelo, Miss.
How Can National Board Certification ® Help School Administrators ? Is a way to recognize and reward accomplished teaching Creates a sense of professional pride among faculty Strengthens and reinforces professional development opportunities within school systems National Board Certification: TEACH
How Can National Board Certification ® Help Policy-makers ? Is a way to recognize teacher quality Is an asset to reform efforts Is a tangible measure of teacher quality Contributes to better schools National Board Certification:
How Can National Board Certification ® Help Policy-makers ? I have found National Board Certification to be an excellent way to evaluate what a teacher knows and should be able to do, and I highly recommend it to other superintendents. -Dr. Daniel Curry, Superintendent, Wood County Schools, W.Va TEACH
How Can National Board Certification ® Help Business Leaders ? Supporting National Board Certification is a great way to play a role in improving education Improving education is one of the forms of workforce development Studies show that NBCTs have a positive impact on student learning
How to Support National Board Certified Teachers Share information about National Board Certification ® with colleagues Help local administrators and principals understand National Board Certification Invite local National Board Certified Teachers to share their experiences in workshops, seminars and meetings TEACH
How to Find Out More Information Visit NBPTS Web site at Call TEACH and request information about National Board Certification ® Ask to speak with a local National Board Certified Teacher
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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards ® (NBPTS)