W.Va. to Help Teachers of Special Needs Students Earn National Board Certification

December 13, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education is offering 55 teachers of students with disabilities or literacy specialists the opportunity to earn National Board Certification through the Take One! program. Applications will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

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.

Take One! allows teachers who have at least three years of teaching experience to complete one module in the NBPTS certification process. Candidates are required to study the NBPTS standards for their discipline and complete a video portfolio entry by April 15.

Successful completion of the Take One! program will be the first step in a two-year process of earning National Board Certification. Remaining requirements in 2011-2010 will be partially funded through the Bridges to Literacy program, a federal grant that supports professional development for teachers at all programmatic levels in the area of student literacy. Applicants must register by Dec. 30 at http://creator.zoho.com/sexton6/take-one/form-perma/Take_One to participate.

The WVDE Office of Special Programs will provide a professional development and technical assistance retreat for Take One! candidates and full certification candidates at Stonewall Jackson Resort on Feb. 27-28.

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.nbpts.org.

 --The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 


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