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Navigating the National Board Certification Process
A Step-by-Step Workbook for Teachers


May 2004 | 152 pages | Corwin

The only book you need to achieve National Board Certification!

What is an accomplished teacher? The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has developed standards that define quality teaching in every subject and grade level. Consequently, many states and districts have invested heavily in National Board Certification, offering pay raises, bonuses, and paid leave for portfolio preparation.

Navigating the National Board Certification Process is a step-by-step guide for teachers who are interested in pursuing or are currently applying for National Board Certification. Filled with activities, checklists, and other practical tools, this comprehensive resource leads teachers through each stage of the certification process to ensure that no deadlines are missed and that they meet all the requirements for applications, the portfolio, and the content assessments.

Arranged around the five core propositions of the NBPTS, this invaluable guidebook includes

  • Worksheets, scenarios, writing tips, and time management strategies
  • Advice on videotaping and preparing portfolio artifacts
  • Stories and experiences of other National Board Certification hopefuls
  • A Frequently Asked Questions section at the end of every chapter

This book is designed to help teachers understand the components of accomplished teaching as defined by the NBPTS, determine their readiness to enter into the National Board Certification process, and provide them with the skills needed to move through that process with confidence. Hopkins's years of experience with the pitfalls and obstacles of National Board Certification will help teachers avoid the dreaded "If I'd only known" syndrome.

Tailored to both teachers who are considering certification and those in the midst of the process, this practical manual is also an indispensable resource for principals, staff developers, and professors who support teachers through the certification process.


 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I: Choosing Your Destination
 
1. What Is Accomplished Teaching?
 
2. Am I Ready for the Journey?
 
Part II: Packing Your Bags
 
3. Managing Paperwork
 
4. Planning and Practicing
 
Part III: Making the Journey
 
5, Creating Your Portfolio
 
6. Preparing for the Content Knowledge Assessments
 
Part IV: Returning Home
 
7. Reflecting on Your Accomplishments
 
Resource A: Reproducible Worksheets
 
Resource B: List of Acronyms
 
Index

"A useful tool for helping teachers determine if the National Board process is right for them. It offers guidance and tips through each step of the journey."

Principal Navigator, May 2007
Key features

·         Aligned with NCATE, INTASC, and NBPTS standards

·         Will help teachers through the difficult process of writing about their teaching practices—contains writing tips, advice, sample writings, and exercises

·         Expert advice on putting together a video for the portfolio—from technical tips to choosing the appropriate lesson

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: What Is Accomplished Teaching?

Introduction


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