The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has announced that 21 teachers in New York have successfully met the standards to renew their certificates for National Board Certification in 2010.
Like a lifeguard or emergency medical responder, National Board Certified Teachers, or NBCTs, must renew their advanced teaching credential after 10 years.
In order to renew National Board Certification, a teacher must complete the NBPTS Profile of Professional Growth prior to the expiration date of his or her certificate.
The profile must contain compelling evidence of the NBCT's professional growth linked to student learning since achieving certification. Renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth year as NBCTs.
National Board Certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete.
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. Many districts provide annual stipends to NBCTs, as well as leadership and mentoring opportunities.
The 21, all of whom were part of the first class of NBCTs a decade ago, are:
Clinton Teachers Association
Debra Carusone, Amy Glick, Rose Hochmuth, Rebecca Remis
New Paltz United Teachers
Joan Cherney, Michelle Diana, Kathleen Lacy, Karen Obrien
West Irondequoit TA
Robin Hill, Carrie Varno
New Lebanon TA
Penny VanDusen, Danielle Brain
Judith Wegman, Jaime White
Kathleen Prager, Pamela Morse.