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98 Teachers Receive National Board Certification
Congratulations to 98 WCPSS teachers who have earned National Board Certification according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
In addition, 79 teachers who already had received their National Board Certification earned renewal of their certifications.
For the 15th consecutive year, our district has the highest number of National Board Certified teachers in the nation. More than 3,000 teachers have achieved this milestone while working in our district. This success is thanks in part to the support we provide to candidates at every step of the process, from initial candidacy through renewal.
Seeking National Board Certification is a rigorous process that requires teachers to analyze their teaching practices and impact on student learning, to take on leadership roles and to collaborate with their peers. It takes a significant commitment of time outside the teacher’s regular classroom responsibilities.
Once a candidate becomes a National Board Certified Teacher, he or she is eligible for a 12 percent pay increase from the state. National Board Certification must be renewed every five years.
Our district also is the first in the nation to partner with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to create a program designed to support third-year teachers as they prepare to pursue board certification. In the district’s Beginner to Board-Certified program, participants attend professional development sessions throughout the year as a cohort and move together through the certification process starting in the fourth year of their career.
Seeking National Board Certification demands significant time and effort. The rigorous process requires teachers to analyze their teaching practices and impact on student learning, to take on leadership roles and to collaborate with their peers.
Newly certified teachers, along with those receiving renewals this year, will be honored at a virtual celebration in April.