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National Board Certification Tops WVDE Priorities

May 31, 2006

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) today kicked off its campaign to attract West Virginia teachers to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) program.  

“As educators, we must work together to make certain that students have the essential knowledge and skills they will need for the 21st century,” said State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “I believe that National Board Certified Teachers are the foundation of West Virginia’s 21st century vision, bridging the gap between what students learn today and what they need to know to be successful in the 21st century world in which they will live.”  

Currently, West Virginia has 245 National Board Certified Teachers. The WVDE hopes to increase that number to 520 by the start of the 2007 – 2008 school year. County representatives have been identified and are being asked to serve as recruiting agents. The representatives will act as liaisons and provide guidance to the teachers in training.  

“National Board Certified Teachers know how to get to the core of teaching, how to produce student results that translate into the global world, and how to integrate technology in the classroom,” said Paine. “They are better at improvising when faced with the unexpected, understanding why students succeed and fail on a given academic task, engaging students without overwhelming them, and anticipating difficulties students might have with new concepts.”  

Research shows that a student of a National Board Certified Teacher demonstrates a deeper understanding of the concepts they were taught. Nearly three-quarters of the National Board Certified Teachers produced students whose work reflected a deep understanding of the subject being studied.  

“I am here to challenge educators across our state to pursue National Board Certification so they can change teaching and learning in the 21st century,” added Paine.  

The NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. A voluntary process established by NBPTS, certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes between one and three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.  

For more information about National Board Certification, please contact Monica Beane, Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Professional Preparation at (304) 558-7012 or visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/ and click on the “Teacher” button.

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