W.Va. Department of Education to Participate in National Effort to Increase Minority Teachers Seeking National Board Certification

May 28, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Donna Landin, the elearning coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education, has been selected to participate in national campaign to inspire more minority teachers to seek National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession. 

Landin, who achieved National Board Certification in 2009, is among the nearly 30 national board certified teachers chosen for the Direct Recruitment Efforts to Attract Minorities (DREAM) Team to add more highly effective teachers in schools across the country.  Team members will work in several states, including California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.

“I’m proud that Donna and West Virginia have been chosen to participate in this program,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “National board certified teachers know how to bridge the gap between what students learn today and what they need to know to be successful in the 21st century. Teachers who receive the national certification are clearly among America’s best.”  

In 2009, nearly 8,900 teachers nationwide achieved National Board Certification, bringing the total number of teachers and counselors certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to more than 82,000. West Virginia has nearly 500 national board certified teachers, including 74 added in 2009.
In many schools across the nation, national board certified teachers are bolstering academic success and closing the achievement gaps in communities across the country. They are assuming leadership roles, serving as mentors, facilitating professional development and leading reform efforts.
“When we talk about whole school education reform, we must ensure that our best teachers reflect the diversity of society,” said Joseph A. Aguerrebere, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards president and chief executive officer. “Building a strong base of national board certified teachers means more students will have the skills they need to be successful in the work force and in their lives. I am pleased that Donna Landin is on this year’s team.”    
The DREAM Team initiative, now in its sixth year, works to encourage teachers of diverse backgrounds to pursue Take One!, a program that can be used by new or experienced teachers as a stand-alone professional development opportunity or as an initial step toward National Board Certification. Teachers who enroll in Take One! submit one video portfolio entry that can be applied toward full National Board Certification. 
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Professional Preparation at (304) 558-7010 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699. Information also is available on the NBPTS Web site at www.nbpts.org.


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