Many teachers I talk with have never heard of National Board Certification. They often ask “What are the advantages of getting certified?” Unfortunately, in my state of Colorado, there are not many teachers applying for the program. I think this is because a lot of them do not know of the many benefits. Aware of this, I decided to list some of the reasons teachers should attempt certification.
§ You will acquire new, innovative teaching skills and gain subject-area knowledge
§ Earn a 10-year National Teaching License (easily renewed), that makes you Highly Qualified per state
§ Receive thousands of dollars in stipends each year (about a 4% raise)
§ Obtain numerous hours of re-certification points and get Professional Development Recognition
§ Earn Six-Graduate Course Credits
§ Bypass annual Administrative Teacher Evaluations (you are beyond general evals)
These are just a few advantages you will receive through certification. For more info visit NBPTS: http://www.nbpts.org/become_a_candidate/the_benefits
Passing National Boards
Achieving National Certification is great for your career — however it is not an easy task. To be successful I would strongly recommend you find a “mentor” within your district to advise you. When in the program try to stay open minded, and willing to accept positive criticism about your work. It is important to listen to your mentor especially when writing and editing your portfolio. Seeking editing assistance is crucial for achievement.
Attempting to get nationally certified is a wonderful way to improve your practice (pass or fail). The program forces you to analyze “WHY” you do the things you do. It is a self-reflective methodology.
If you are searching for ways to improve your skills, increase your income potential, and climb to the TOP of your profession — then National Board Certification is for you. Go for it! 🙂
To learn more about certification or become a candidate visit NBPTS: http://www.nbpts.org/