Better Teaching, Better Learning, Better Schools – National Board Certification by Robert A. Maxey

On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, the New Hanover County Board of Education recognized 55 teachers who gained their National Board Certification and also recognized 19 teachers who renewed their National Board Certifications.

(List of 2010 National Board Certified Teachers and renewals)

What is National Board Certification? National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential which complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher license. The certification is valid for 10 years and may be renewed. A candidate for National Boards must complete a rigorous, voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do.

Several research studies have been conducted on the impact of National Board Certified Teachers and student achievement. Probably the most respected research on National Boards was conducted in 2008 by one of the most prestigious research organizations, National Research Council of the National Academies as a request from Congress. The findings demonstrate that students taught by National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) make higher gains on achievement tests than those taught by teachers who have not applied and those who did not achieve certification. It was also noted that the National Board Certification had a positive impact on teacher retention and that these teachers would remain in the teaching profession longer.

(Research: Impact on Student Achievement)

There are 91,000 Nationally Certified Teachers serving students in several different certification areas nationally. North Carolina ranks # 1 in the nation for having the most Nationally Board Certified Teachers – over 17,957 NBCTs! New Hanover County Schools boasts over 400 National Board Certified Teachers ranking us #6 in the state and 20th in the nation for the number of teachers who have achieved this distinction in 2010. New Hanover County is dedicated to “better teaching, better learning, better schools.”

(Complete listing of New Hanover County NBCTs, their area of certification, and year certified)

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