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ERIC Number: ED434876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing a Network To Support Candidates through the Process of Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Wolfson, Rona
This paper describes the development of a practicum designed to recruit and support teacher candidates from one district through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Potential candidates had been isolated in their pursuit of certification because there were no support groups, courses, or manuals specifically developed for them. The practicum was designed to organize the district's National Board Certified teachers and the candidates so that equitable services were available to all. A Candidate Support Network was established. The Human Resources Development Department assigned candidates to mentors and then gathered and distributed resource material for all mentors to share with their candidates. Candidates met with their mentors in small groups and individual sessions. All mentors provided guidance and assistance by reading candidates' entries, reviewing videotapes, and giving feedback. Data analysis revealed that candidates who pursued National Board Certification reported that the Candidate Support Network effectively provided assistance which enabled them to complete the portfolio portion of their certification requirements. Mentors provided valuable guidance and support in study groups and individual conferences. The data showed that candidates who had a mentor who was certified in their area had more positive feedback about the Network than did those whose mentors were certified in other areas. (Contains 36 references and 3 appendices.) (SM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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