Read the NBPTS report on Chicago's efforts to increase the number of National Board Certified teachers -- "Chicago, Illinois: Leveraging National Board Certification in a District-wide Human Capital Initiative."
National Board Certified Teachers "continue to set the bar" for quality teaching and for the profession, says Ron Thorpe, incoming president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In this open letter, Thorpe outlines his goals for increasing the number of board-certified teachers, who comprise fewer than 3% of teachers nationwide. He also expresses an intent to forge partnerships with National Board Certified Teachers and other education advocates to advance the profession and the credential.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced this week that it will soon offer a certification program for school principals -- similar to its 20-year-old rigorous National Board Certification for teachers. Joseph A. Aguerrebere, NBPTS executive director, said teachers were a main motivator for developing standards for principals -- an effort endorsed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. "I think many of our teachers support this effort and are saying, in so many words, 'Give me a principal who gets it, and I will go work for them anywhere,'" Aguerrebere said.
A National Board for Professional Teaching Standards board member asserts that student-response systems, which give teachers instant feedback on student learning, don't have to focus only on multiple-choice questions. Bill Ferriter, who is also a National Board Certified Teacher, writes in this blog post that student responses will have more educational value if teachers ask questions in a manner similar to a Likert scale, asking students if they agree with certain statements and to what degree.
Roy Barnes, chairman of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, is expected to begin his campaign for governor of Georgia when his work with NBPTS ends in July. Barnes, a former governor of the state, would be running in the 2010 race.
State officials in Hawaii are recommending an overhaul in teacher licensing that includes dismantling the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, turning control over to the state's Board of Education and adopting teaching standards similar to those of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Under a pilot program that began last year, teachers can show they are knowledgeable about their profession in a variety of ways, including by earning National Board Certification.