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Responsibilities For Educational Committee

Author : Lawrence Brooks


Five standing committees (drawn from the board of directors) assist the board with its work. In addition to committees that oversee finances and other standard responsibilities, the board has an Education Committee that is responsible for identifying education reforms in which the board should involve itself and a Certification Council that develops policies related to areas in which certification is offered, standards, methods of certification, and other issues. Several groups drawn from outside the board's membership also offer support, including the Assessment Certification Advisory Panel, which advises the board on the technical aspects of its assessment; the Visiting Panel on NBPTS Research; the National Board-Certified Teachers Advisory Group (made up of 12 board-certified teachers), which reviews product plans and development; and the NBPTS President's Roundtable, a group of philanthropic, business, and community leaders who work to enhance the NBPTS profile.
The NBPTS offers a number of resources and supports for candidates and for board-certified teachers, such as a directory of teachers who have earned board certification and a state-by-state list of financial supports available to candidates and rewards to those who earn board certification.
The board's web
site also provides an opportunity for board-certified teachers to network as well as a variety of information related to its work, including a list of research and other articles, press releases, advocacy pieces, links to other websites, and statistics, such as total board-certified teachers by state. A network affiliate program provides an avenue for board-certified teachers to work together and take on leadership roles in their districts and schools. Once they earn board certification, teachers are also encouraged to participate in scoring assessment exercises and to serve as mentors to other candidates. In addition, the board sponsors a national conference and exposition every other year, which provides an opportunity for board-certified teachers, candidates, and others to attend educational sessions and develop connections with education leaders. Approximately 900 people attended the 2007 conference, of whom about two-thirds were board-certified teachers.
With funding from federal and corporate sponsors, the board has also developed two programs designed to increase the diversity of the pool of board-certified teachers. The goal of the Targeted High Need Initiative program is to increase the number of board-certified teachers in high-poverty urban and rural schools. The Direct Recruiting Efforts to Attract Minorities Team highlights the importance of national board certification for minority teachers and their students.
The NBPTS has begun offering another option for educators who are interested in pursuing certification. The Take One. program allows teachers and counselors who are interested but not ready to commit to the certification process to submit a single portfolio entry for scoring. The board presents opportunity to learn and grow as a teacher, as well as a process. Teachers may later apply the scored portfolio application if they wish to entry to it as an op sample the a complete.


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