RESA II
National Board Project
National Board Certification
RESA II
RESA I
RESA 6
Key Questions
1) What is NBPTS?
2) Why is the process important?
3) How rigorous is the process?
4) What can the Candidate Support
program do for you?
What is NBPTS?
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An independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan
organization
Governed by Board of Directors – the
majority of whom are classroom teachers
“… the most important action this country can
take to improve schools and student learning
is to strengthen teaching.”
NBPTS Mission
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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 of
certifying teachers who meet these standards
Advocating related educational reforms to
integrate NBC in American education and to
capitalize on the expertise of NBCT’s
NBPTS History
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1983 – A Nation At Risk
“…economic and social consequences of an
educational system failing to keep pace with
a changing American and global society.”
Carnegie task force – A Nation Prepared
Urged the teaching profession to set high
standards
Called for formation of NBPTS
NBPTS was founded to improve the
quality of classroom instruction . . .
thereby - improving student
learning . . .
by •Setting high standards
•Developing performance based
assessments
•Professionally certifying teachers
5 Core Propositions
1. Teachers are committed to students and
their learning.
2. Teachers know the subjects they teach
and how to teach those subjects to their
students.
3. Teachers are responsible for managing
and monitoring student learning.
4. Teachers think systematically about their
practice and learn from experience.
5. Teachers are members of learning
communities.
STATE LICENSING
NATIONAL BOARD CERT.
•Mandatory
•Voluntary
•Entry-level
•Advanced
•Standards vary by
state
•Standards are uniform
across the country
•Focus on content
knowledge
•Focus on content
knowledge, performance,
and professional judgment
•Standards created
with some teacher
involvement
•Standards created by
committees with teacher
majorities
Why is the NBC
process important?
Education Weekly, 1997
 “a good teacher in every classroom is
the most effective way to improve
student performance.”
 “…National Board Certification provides
the single best indicator that a veteran
teacher has met rigorous standards of
quality.”
Supported by Research
An independent study of 600,000 North Carolina students
found:
 Children learn more from NBCT’s
 NBCT’s do a measurably better job in the classroom
 Students of NBCT’s improved an average of 7% more
on year-end math and reading tests
 Performance differential most pronounced for younger
and lower-income students (gains as high as 15%)
Supported by Research
Miami-Dade Co. Florida:
th & 10th grade math students outperform
 NBCT 9
non-NBCT on state math test
 Gains strongest among students with special needs,
African-Americans, and Hispanics
Arizona State University:
 Study finds that having a NBCT is the equivalent of
students spending 25 extra days in the classroom
How Rigorous is the National
Board Certification Process?
Performance Based
Assessment
1. Portfolio
Development
2. Assessment
Center Exercises
Portfolio Entries
• 3 Classroom Based Entries
• Focus on Teaching Practices
• 1 Documented Accomplishment Entry
• Focus on Learning Community
Assessment Center
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Six 30-minute
writing prompts
Focus on Content
Knowledge
All Four Entries Require:
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Intense self-analysis of teaching practices
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Demonstration of content expertise
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Lots of time
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Lots of writing
Typical Classroom Entry #1
Analysis of Student
Work: Designing
Instruction
Typical Classroom Entry #2
Instructional Analysis: Whole
Group Instruction - Video Tape
Typical Classroom Entry #3
Instructional Analysis:
Small Group Video
Entry #4
Documented Accomplishments
• Collaboration in
Professional Community
• Outreach to Families
and Community
• Teacher as Learner
• Same for All Certificate Areas
Assessment Center
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Six 30-minute written exercises
12 month window
Scheduled at secure site
Focus on: content, designing
classroom instruction,
assessing
student work
2008 – 2009 Available Certificates
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Art
Career and Technical
Education
English as a New
Language
English Language Arts
Exceptional Needs
Specialist
Generalist- Early or
Middle Childhood
Library Media
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LiteracyReading/Language Arts
Mathematics
Music
Physical Education
School Counseling
Science
Social Studies- History
World Languages Other
than English
Timeline
Application
and $500*
payment
received by
NBPTS by:
* plus $65
app. fee
Dec. 31,
2008
Full fee
payment
and all
eligibility
forms must
be received
at NBPTS
by
To be
eligible to
test in this
Assessment
Center
Testing
Window
Portfolio
due at
NBPTS on
or before
Receive your
results no later
than
Jan. 31,
2009
July 1, 2008
– June 15,
2009
March 31,
2009
Dec. 31, 2009
RESA II – National Board
Teaching Project
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Stimulate professional growth
Provide a structure for supporting WV National
Board candidates
Create an arena for sharing successful
strategies
Provide opportunities to engage in professional
dialogue
What can a Candidate Support
program do for you?
•Resources
•Mentoring
•Coaching
•Guidance
•Intellectual, logistical, technical
and emotional support
However . . .
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Responsibility of developing
and completing National
Board certification materials
always rests with the
candidate.
Our Role . . .
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To keep candidates focused
and motivated
To enhance candidates’
understanding of their
teaching practices and
decisions
To be nonjudgmental,
honest, constructive,
professional, and
knowledgeable
What’s Happening . . .
on the State Level?
Fee
Reimbursement
 $3500 / year
supplement
 Expenses
Reimbursement
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What’s Happening . . .
on the County Level?
- Cabell - $3500 + $2000 Bonus
-Lincoln- $2,500
- Logan- $1,500
-Mason-reimbursement of additional
$500.
Professional leave-2days, av equip.
Match state $3,500 contingent on
excess levy
- Mingo-$1,000 (pending)
- Wayne – one time bonus
For More Information . . .
http://www.nbpts.org
RESA II-Kelly Watts
RESA I-Linda Ballard-Price
RESA 6-Marian Kajfez
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