W.Va. to Help Teachers Earn National Board Certification

April 05, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education is teaming up with the West Virginia Center for Professional Development and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards to encourage more teachers to earn national certification through the Take One! program. Participation is limited to the first 100 applicants.

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 national certification process. Candidates are required to study the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards for their discipline and complete a video portfolio.

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.

Teachers of students with disabilities or literacy programs will receive financial support through the state Department of Education’s Bridges to Literacy grant. The federal grant supports professional development of teachers at all programmatic levels in the area of student literacy.

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.

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