Teachers National Board certified
Two Florence One teachers have earned National Board certification this year. The Florence One teachers are among more than 5,400 teachers who achieved National Board Certification this past fall. Newly National Board Certified Teachers are Laura Stephens of Lucy T. Davis Elementary and Kelly Clouse of Wilson High School. Stephens and Clouse are also among 91 new NBCTs added to the South Carolina roster.
South Carolina is number two in the nation in terms of the percentage of teachers who are National Board Certified.
The process of national board certification can take one to three years, which requires teachers to videotape themselves teaching. The teachers must also provide lesson plans along with student work samples. Writing a reflective essay is also a part of the certification process. During the two-part certification process, teachers reflect on their classroom practices and their preparation techniques. They also take tests that assess their knowledge and their ability to teach it.
Teachers renew their National Board Certification through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process. Two Florence One teachers have renewed their National Board Certification. They are Rebecca Cooper of South Florence High and Robin Voss of Southside Middle. Cooper and Voss are among 490 NBCT’s who successfully renewed their certification.
About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (www.nbpts.org):
The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.