Twelve Educators Achieve National Board Certification
Twelve MCPS educators achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 2020. Another 22 renewed their certifications.
A second round of National Board Certified-educators is expected to be announced in late February.
National Board Certification, a voluntary program established by NBPTS, is achieved through an assessment process designed to measure what accomplished educators should know and be able to do. The process requires educators to demonstrate how their activities, both inside and outside the classroom, strengthen student performance and contribute to student achievement.
In order to become a Board-certified teacher, candidates voluntarily complete a rigorous program that consists of four components: assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documentation of the impact of assessment and collaboration on student learning. These components were designed by teachers, for teachers, to identify the essential knowledge and skills required to advance student learning and achievement. This is a serious commitment of time and energy and teachers who achieve certification describe the process as transformative.
MCPS uses the rigorous standards of NBPTS as part of the Professional Growth System for all teachers in the school system. The certification process is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree and three years of classroom experience. Certificates issued by NBPTS are valid for five years after which a teacher may seek renewal for an additional five years.