National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers—and make them better. While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that takes one to three years to complete.
As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.
Four-day summer sessions will be conducted in West Virginia beginning on July 1 in Charleston, July 22 in Morgantown and Aug. 5 in Flatwoods. A $100 fee paid by Take One! applicants is reimbursable.
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Special Programs at 304-558-2696, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699. Information also is available at www.wvcpd.org and www.nbpts.org.