Twenty-One Educators Achieve National Board Certification
Twenty-one MCPS educators achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 2019.
Currently, MCPS has 668 educators who have achieved NBCT certification. Along with the 21 teachers who achieved their initial certification last month, 50 teachers also renewed their certifications in 2019. According to data from the NBPTS, Maryland ranks 12th in total number of Board-certified teachers in 2019.
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 certification 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. Beginning in 2017, certificates issued by NBPTS are valid for five years after which a teacher may seek renewal for an additional five years. Prior to 2017, certificates issued by NBPTS were valid for a period of 10 years and a teacher holding a 10-year certificate could still seek renewal for an additional 10 years.
A number of meetings are coming up for educators interested in learning more about National Board Certification. The meetings will include details about the process and benefits of achieving certification, as well as financial and other supports. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for:
- Wednesday, Feb. 19, 4:30–6 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5–6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 27, 4:30–6 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 3, 4:30–6 p.m.
- Thursday, March 19, 5–6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 25, 5–6:30 p.m.