By Bill Guy
Palm Springs TA member and National Board Certified Teacher Barry Wissman gives pointers about the certification process to candidate Stephan Clifford, Coachella Valley TA, at a CTA training last October.
California has 345 new National Board Certified Teachers.
“We commend these dedicated teachers for continuing to improve their craft,” says CTA President Dean Vogel. The Class of 2012 was announced by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) recently.
The California teachers are among 4,980 teachers nationwide who earned National Board Certification last year, pushing the total number of educators who hold the advanced professional certification to more than 100,000, now representing all 50 states. There are now 5,636 National Board Certified Teachers in California.
National Board Certification is an intensive multiyear process of standards-based performance assessment and peer review. The rigor of National Board Certification has been compared to certification processes for the medical and legal professions, notes Vogel.
“I pursued National Board Certification because I truly want to be the absolute best educator I can be because my Title I students don’t always get the learning opportunities they deserve,” says Morgan Pellettera, a newly certified teacher. She teaches English, California High School Exit Exam support and English learner instruction in shelter classes at San Bernardino’s Arroyo Valley High School. “The National Board process helped me reflect on my teaching, but more importantly, to focus on my students’ learning.”
In addition to improving their own teaching abilities, many of CTA’s NBCTs are working with CTA to help their colleagues achieve certification.
“I am heartened that our union is helping support academic achievement and teacher quality,” says Barry Wissman, Palm Springs Teachers Association, who teaches third grade at Corsini Elementary. He regularly assists CTA staff in providing training for National Board candidates. “It’s amazing to have the opportunity to help colleagues working through this process. Having a cohort of candidates help each other and learn from one another is invaluable. The enthusiasm and passion for teaching in the room was palpable.”
CTA is expanding its in-person workshop and online National Board candidate support by offering Accomplished Teaching Forum training in three-day sessions this summer. Aimed at both certified teachers and candidates, the forums will provide opportunities to work together and to continue to update skills and knowledge.
NBCT workshops are components of CTA’s Good Teaching Conferences. For more information on CTA National Board candidate support and the Accomplished Teaching Forums, visit www.cta.org/nbc.