Well over 150 teachers, counselors, and administrators have achieved the distinction of National Board Certification in our district. Support offerings include:
Five teachers celebrated for National Board Certification
Five teachers were celebrated at a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards pinning ceremony and reception on Dec. 6. Harrison Prep’s Nina Lary-Kimmel and Park Lodge’s Thomas Serrraine achieved the distinction for the first time, while Beachwood’s Leah Bearden and Clover Park’s Ron Olson and Kitti Wheeler were recognized for renewing their certification.
Superintendent Debbie LeBeau opened the event with a speech describing the significance of the certification. “National Board Certification is the highest teaching credential in our profession,” she remarked.
LeBeau reported that more than 80% of studies done on student achievement show that students of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) outperformed those of their non-certified colleagues. According to LeBeau, studies also show that NBCTs are especially effective with special needs and minority students. There are currently 96 NBCTs in Clover Park School District, with an anticipated 40 more to submit portfolios in spring 2017.
Created by teachers, for teachers, National Board Certification is our profession’s highest mark of accomplished teaching. This portfolio assessment measures what accomplished teachers or counselors know and are able to do, and consists of the following four components:
The price of the overall assessment is $1900. Teachers work on individual components and then submit each one separately over the span of three years.
Note: Teachers still receive the OSPI $5000 - $10,000 annual bonus for ten years.
Talk with your building principal and secure his/her permission to join the program. Discuss your plans on how to manage attending the weekly National Board support cohort with other building obligations. Cohorts meet most Tuesdays, from 4:00 to 6:00, and attendance is mandatory. To initiate the Principal Approval process, email Jan Lonsway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the National Board Website and read the standards, review program eligibility requirements, and--when you are confident to begin--register as a National Board Candidate. Familiarize yourself with this website; the entire program is housed here. The non-refundable out-of-pocket application fee is $75.
Online registration for our free district support cohort opens on May 3 on Teacher Academy. Meeting dates start in September.
Cohort membership is free to district teachers, as space allows. In return, teachers must commit, upon certification, to mentoring a new and upcoming candidate. Teachers need three years of teaching experience and principal approval to begin the process.
Attend the required four-day WEA National Board Jump Start Institute over the summer. Slots fill up quickly, so register as soon as the window opens, in mid-spring. Click here to register.
Jump Start is an intensive summer institute sponsored by WEA that is geared for teachers pursuing National Board certification. Participants get a leg up on the process by learning important information about the entire certification process.
Note: attending Jump Start during the summer prior to beginning certification is a requirement of all teachers who plan to participate in the district support cohort. Tuition is reimbursed by CPSD upon successful attendance. All travel and hotel expenses must be paid out-of-pocket by candidates. Register using the link above, and pay tuition via personal credit card. After attendance, submit proof of payment along with proof of attendance to Teaching and Learning for full reimbursement.
Candidates who complete and submit their first component are eligible for a $475 conditional grant. To claim this grant, submit a Reimbursement Claim Form, along with receipt of payment, to Teaching and Learningafter submission of your NB portfolio in May. In return, candidates must commit, upon certification, to mentoring future district candidates for up to two years.
Qualified candidates may apply for a conditional loan from OSPI in the amount of $1,425. Upon successful certification, the loan amount is taken out of your first annual bonus. To be eligible, candidates must enroll in an OSPI-approved support cohort. (Note: CPSD's support cohort is OSPI-approved).
Want yet another leg-up on the process before beginning? Consider scoring for NBPTS to learn how the rubrics and standards are used to evaluate candidate writing and evidence.
As of 2013-14, teachers who hold a valid certificate from NBPTS for the entire duration of the school years will receive an annual bonus of $5,090. Upon initial certification, teachers will receive 60% of the annual bonus, or $3,054. Bonuses are distributed by August of each year.
NBCTs in a qualifying challenging school will receive an additional bonus of up to $5,000.
In service to our profession, our mission is to improve the quality of education in our community via mentoring resident teachers towards National Board Certification, sharing professional ideas and expertise, and strengthening regional collaboration among peers, community, and policy makers.
CLOVER PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT
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