Understanding National Board CertificationA Guide for Teachers and Those Who Support Them
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This valuable guide gives educators pursuing National Board certification and those supporting candidates in their efforts a thorough, accessible examination of all aspects of certification for First Time candidates, Take One! Candidates, Retake (or Advanced) candidates, and National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) working on Renewal. With Understanding Board Certification as their guide, educators will deepen their understanding of the National Board standards, become fully prepared to be successful National Board candidates, and enhance their growth as educational professionals. Included are extensive references to relevant research and a helpful Appendix, Providing Candidate Support.
1. Introduction to National Board Certification
2. Studying the Standards
3. Getting Started
4. Thinking, Dialoguing and Writing about Teaching
5. Looking for Evidence
6. Wrapping Up the Portfolio
7. The Assessment Center
8. Planning for Score Release
9. You’ve Earned National Board Certification: Now What?
Annotated Resources by Chapter
Appendix: Providing Candidate Support
The Role of the Support Provider
Tools for Talking about Teaching
Building and Maintaining a Safe and Productive Environment
Common Candidate Challenges
Guide for Using this Book with Candidates
A clear understanding of the Five Core Propositions, the heart of the National Board standards, is provided as the authors dissect each proposition and pose questions about each to stimulate candidate’s thinking about how they put these propositions into practice. Each proposition is tied to a research base presenting the rationale for why they are essential to accomplished teaching. (Ch. 2)
Additional perspectives, practical charts, and tables, help clarify information around NBPTS instructions.
Candidates get an easy to use, condensed yet thorough supplement to the instructions from the NBPTS that helps them go quickly and directly to the information they’re seeking.
Proven research based strategies and validation for the work individuals engage in when supporting candidates is provided in the Appendix, Providing Candidate Support.
The important concepts and ideas come alive through scenarios and examples that help readers better visualize aspects of the Portfolio and Assessment Center through the lens of support providers and candidates. (Chs. 4 and 5)
The most current information and revisions to the NBPTS portfolio instructions are included, giving candidates a competitive edge as they enter the exams.
Examples representing a range of development levels and subject areas relevant to a wide range of teachers are provided through the authors’ combined 39+ years of teaching experience and developmental levels and subject matter.
Readers have access to a useful variety of web-based and professional resources not included in other books of this kind in the Additional Resources Appendix. Such as Tools for Talking about Teaching and a Guide for Using this Book with Candidates.
Mark W. Ellis is an associate professor of Secondary Education at California State University Fullerton. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Mark taught mathematics in grades 6–12 in northern California public schools for six years, becoming a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Mathematics in 1999 (renewed in 2009). Mark’s professional work focuses on supporting pre-service and experienced teachers in creating opportunities for all students—particularly those from groups historically underserved by traditional practices of schooling—to make sense of important mathematics concepts and skills. He helped to establish the Professional Teaching Development Center at CSU Fullerton in 2008, which coordinated National Board candidate outreach and support for teachers across four southern California counties. His work has been published numerous journals including Teachers College Record, Learning Environments Research, and Mathematics Teacher and his on-going work with teachers of mathematics in high-need schools has received generous funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He was the editor of the book, Mathematics for All: Responding to Diversity, Grades 6-8, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in 2008 and currently serves on the NCTM Board of Directors (2011-2014).
Tara Barnhart, M.A., NBCT, taught high school science for 13 years in the Whittier Union High School District where she earned National Board certification and served as a mentor teacher. Since 2007 she has been a full-time lecturer in Secondary Education at California State University, Fullerton. Her responsibilities include teaching the introductory course on National Board certification for Master’s students and teaching in the science credential program. She also serves as the director of the CSU Fullerton’s National Board candidate support program. Tara is pursuing her Ph.D. in Education at UC Irvine. She has presented her research on teacher reflection and classroom discourse at state, national and international conferences.
Leslee M. Milch, M.S., NBCT is a reading specialist with 18 years’ experience teaching kindergarten, first and second grade limited English speaking students in the Buena Park Elementary School District in Orange County, California. In the role of support provider for the district’s teacher induction program, (BTSA: Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) she has mentored numerous beginning teachers for the last 15 years and served as the program coordinator. Since certifying as a NBCT in 2003, Leslee has served as a Candidate Support Provider (CSP) and the Recruitment/Outreach Coordinator with the Orange County Department of Education National Board Candidate Support Program. She is also a member of the California State University, Fullerton National Board Certification Advisory Board and works as a CSP with the National Board candidate support program at CSU Fullerton. Leslee is a faculty member with the NBPTS and in this capacity facilitates Candidate Support Provider training seminars across the country. As a NBCT State Farm Liaison and the Boeing Ambassador Program Coordinator with the NBPTS, Leslee has served as an education advocate and spokesperson at the local, state and national levels. Currently, Leslee is a member of the NBPTS Early Childhood Generalist Standards Committee working to revise these certificate standards.
Expert ReviewsThis book will help lessen the mystery and fear in pursuing NBCT. The guiding questions, activities, tables, and explanations help clarify and reinforce information candidates need to know while still emphasizing the use of the material provided by NBPTS. I wish this book would have been around when I was working towards my certification. The questioning prompts about reflection and evidence are invaluable.
- Terri Foughty, National Board certified teacher, Newcastle Public Schools, Newcastle, OK
The word which comes to mind is comprehensive… informative and easy to read; it is designed in such a way as to be used throughout the process, not just read and passed on.
- Jason A. Schmid, National Board certified teacher, Oak Harbor Middle School, Oak Harbor, WA
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