The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
(NBPTS) is actively recruiting teachers in the El Paso
area to pursue National Board Certification (NBC). The
certification process takes a full year, and has been described
as the best staff development in which a teacher can engage.
Teachers apply for a certificate in their teaching field
and at the appropriate age level of his or her students,
and then complete a portfolio demonstrating how they teach,
why they teach that way, and how they verify that their
students are learning. NBPTS does not endorse any specific
teaching methodology or curriculum; teachers justify their
methods in written commentaries that accompany student
work samples, videotapes of classroom lessons, and documented
accomplishments in areas outside of the classroom. Candidates
for NBC are also required to complete six assessments of
their content knowledge and pedagogical applications. The
portfolio and assessments are evaluated and scored by teachers
trained by NBPTS.
The certification process is not easy or cheap. The
fee for NBC is $2,300, but there are scholarships
subsidies available to cover $2,000. Candidates have
reported spending between 200-400 hours on the portfolio
and studying for the assessments. Surveys indicate
that those candidates with a support system in place
the process comprise about 80% of the total who attain
NBC. To provide local support here in El Paso, the
National Board Resource Center at UTEP is offering
a course this
coming spring semester to assist teachers who are interested
in and are qualified for applying for NBC. The course
is TED 5319, section 26152, and meets on Wednesday
to 7:20 PM. This class can also be used as an elective
in a Master’s program.
Tuition for this class can be reimbursed using Title
II funds as it is a course designed for staff development.
Teachers should make the appropriate arrangements with
their principals as the University does not handle
funding or policies.
During the semester, teachers will gain knowledge of
their specific national standards, demonstrate their
understanding and expertise by writing about their
own classes in descriptive, analytical, and reflective
and find out how to document accomplishments as learners,
leaders, and collaborators with families and communities.
Teachers will reflect on their practice to determine
if what they are doing is effective, and how to verify
The course is open to experienced teachers interested
in pursuing National Board Certification. Requirements
NBC are at least 3 years of teaching experience,
full certification during those years, and a baccalaureate
degree. Any questions
can be directed to Deborah Svedman at email@example.com or 747-5357.
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