ERIC Number: ED470420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
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Administrative Support for Teachers Seeking National Board Certification: What, Why and How?
Lieberman, Joyce M.
Although the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has been certifying teachers since 1993, a mere 16,035 U.S. teachers out of approximately 3,000,000 have achieved National Board certification as of November 2001. The NBPTS is at the cutting edge of standards-based teacher assessment and is a process administrators should know more about if they are to truly be instructional leaders. To address this issue, this paper provides an overview of the NBPTS and the certification process, discusses support for NBPTS, and offers recommendations on how administrators can support the efforts of their faculty as they engage in the national board certification process. Certification is currently available in 24 areas, based on 5 core propositions, including commitment to teaching students, learning, and reflecting upon one's teaching practice. Recommendations for administrator support include becoming knowledgeable about the certification process; reaching out to National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the school area; creating partnerships and support networks with other schools, districts, and/or universities; identifying available financial incentives for NBCTs; weaving components for the five core propositions into professional development activities; and acknowledging and embracing teacher leadership by celebrating all those who have been involved in promoting and supporting accomplished teaching and learning. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
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