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National Board CertificationWhat to Expect – An Overview ® Anita Maxwell West Virginia Education Association 2008
NBPTS Mission Statement • Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do, • Providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards • Advocating related education reforms for the purpose of improving student learning
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) • 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
NBPTS Standards • NBPTS Board of Directors appoints teachers and others to serve on standards committees which include: • Teacher educators • Developmental experts • Leaders in disciplinary fields • Teachers are involved from setting standards, advising assessment development and serving as scorers.
Standards in each certificate field were developed by the Standards Committee • Standards are based on NBPTS’ policy statement, What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do and the Five Core Propositions • In addition, they were reviewed publicly by education and teaching experts
Five Core Propositions • Teachers are committed to their students and their learning • Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects effectively • Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning • Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience • Teachers are members of learning communities
Requirements to Apply • A bachelor’s degree • Have taught a minimum of three years in a public or private school • Holds a valid teaching license
Developmental Age Categories • Early Childhood (Ages 3-8) • Middle Childhood (7-12 years) • Early and Middle Childhood (3-12 years) • Early Childhood through Young Adulthood (3-18+) • Adolescence and Young Adulthood (14-18+) • Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood (11-18+ years) Candidates are responsible for knowledge of learners and content within entire age range.
Certificates Available • Art – EMC and EAYA • Career & Technical Education – EAYA • English as a New Language – EMC and EAYA • English Language Arts – EA and AYA • Exceptional Needs Specialist – ECYA • Generalist – EC and MC • Health Education – EAYA • Library Media – ECYA • Literacy: Reading Language Arts – EMC • Mathematics – EA and AYA • Music – EMC and EAYA
Certificates Available (conclusion) • Music – EMC and AYA • Physical Education – EMC and AYA • School Counseling – ECYA • Science – EA and AYA • Social Studies – History – EA and AYA • World Languages Other than English -- EAYA
What Does the Process Provide? • Ten (10) components that are assessed by trained teachers in their certificate area • Opportunity for reflection about excellent teaching practice • Measurement of accomplished teaching • An extensive professional development experience
Four Portfolio Entries • Analysis and reflection of video recordings of classroom teaching (2 portfolio entries) • Analysis of and reflection on student work with samples (1 portfolio entry) • Documented accomplishments of work outside the classroom and evidence of how that work impacts student learning (1 portfolio entry) • The submission deadline for the 4 portfolio entries is March 31, 2009.
Online Assessment Center Exercises • Six constructed response questions (each allowing up to 30 minutes for response) scheduled at an assessment center that demonstrate subject matter expertise. • Assessment center exercises can be completed between July 1, 2008 through June 15, 2009.
Scoring Facts • Candidates must accumulate 275 points to achieve to achieve certification • May bank scores for 2 years from date of initial score notification • May retake any category that falls below 2.75 during that 2 years • Cost is currently $350 per retake • Scores posted on a secure online site on or before December 31, 2009
State & County Incentives • Salary Supplements • Full or partial fee support • Full or partial credential reciprocity • State license renewal • Time to complete portfolio • Currently 32 counties offer an additional $1,000 to $3,500 annual supplement
State Incentives • WV legislature provides a $3,500 for each of the 10 years the certificate is valid • The $2,500 fee is reimbursed for the first 200 applicants each year – half upon applying and the other half upon the completion of 10 scorable entries verified by the NBPTS • WV provides subsidy fees (up to $600) for retakes which are $350 each
National Board CertifiedTeachers • The first 86 in the nation were certified in 1995 • Nearly 8,500 were certified in November 2007 • Total number of NBC Teachers in the nation now stands at 63,821 • Currently 360 WV teachers are certified • 147 WV teachers are currently awaiting notification of certification by 12/31/08
Is the Process Worth It? • “National Board Certification is not a solitary process. WVEA put me in touch with dynamic mentors and provided the information and resources I needed to succeed. Candidate sessions offered guidance and assistance with the portfolio entries from a panel of National Board Certified Teachers I now consider professional friends.” Tony Nichols – EC/Gen NBCT
Still Not Sure?Consider Take One! • $395 fee for completion of one portfolio entry that is classroom based. • Take One! score can be transferred and the remaining nine components of the NBC process completed if the candidate so chooses. • Decision to continue must be made within the next two years following submission.
Take One! Requirements • Available to all teachers and school counselors regardless of their experience level • Educators in higher education, induction or pre-service teachers, principals, administrators and mentors • Take One! participants must have access to a preK-12 classroom to complete the portfolio entry • Entry must be submitted by April 15, 2009
Additional Information • Anita Maxwell -- 1.800.642.8261 extension 116 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.wvea.org in “Teaching & Learning” • www.nbpts.org or 1.800.22.TEACH • http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/nbpts