National Board Certification (NBPTS) Presentation at WSFCS Collaborative Conference
What Is It and Is It Right For Me?
Are you an accomplished educator? Interested in improving and informing your instruction? Then national board certification might be just the thing for you! National Board Certification will distinguish you as an accomplished, effective teacher who has met the highest standards in the profession. Certification is based on standards-created by teachers, for teachers-that define what teachers must know and be able to do to advance student learning. Did you know that North Carolina has over 20,000 board certified teachers, more than any other state? Is now the right time for you to become a candidate?
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is a not-for-profit professional organization, created and governed by practicing teachers and their advocates. The founding mission of the National Board is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by 1) maintaining rigorous standards for accomplished teachers; 2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and 3) advocating education reforms to integrate National Board Certification into American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.
Research shows that students of NBCTs outperform their peers in other classrooms. In achieving certification, you demonstrate that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to advance student learning and achievement. Certification also opens doors to leadership opportunities and increases your professional marketability, among other benefits. Even before you achieve certification, you will be able to apply what you are learning to help your students each and every day. There are currently 25 certificate areas to certify in, based on subject area and student grade levels.
This session will address recent revisions to the process, dates and deadlines, as well as eligibility for candidates. Participants can ask clarifying questions of a board certified teacher and coach to determine if they are ready for candidacy.
Debra Troxell, NBCT
West Forsyth High School
Helpful resources for candidates and information during pre-candidacy.
Links to some important documents from the National Boards website:
Things to Consider
When making the decision about candidacy, you may want to consider the following:
- teaching load - Do you have new courses? Are you teaching in your NBPTS certificate area?
- personal calendar - Do you have major personal events coming up this year (wedding, move, grad school)?
- money - Do you have money to pay for the components? Are you interested in the NC State Loan?
- timeline - How many components are you prepared to take this year? How many years will you devote to your candidacy?
- support - WSFCS offers support sessions during the year as well as NCAE. Do not purchase any materials online for support!