For Immediate Release:
Jan. 9, 2013
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“This is a well-deserved honor for our teachers and I congratulate them on this accomplishment,” said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. “Earning National Board Certification is a significant professional milestone for educational leaders in the classroom. It exemplifies the resolve our teachers have to make sure they provide their students with a high-quality education. Throughout the experience, teachers are fine-tuning their approach to delivering instruction and making sure that students are learning, understanding, and applying that content.”
National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program that recognizes, encourages and rewards teachers to strive for excellence. While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach, teachers who earn National Board Certification have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices as determined by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete.
APS recognizes National Board Certification as part of the Career Advancement Program (CAP). CAP participants may choose National Board Certification as one portfolio option to demonstrate achievement of advanced professional skills and knowledge.
The process requires teachers to 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.
The teachers will be recognized at the Feb. 7 School Board meeting.
* This number does not include National Board Certification teachers that have left APS or have retired.