CCSD leads with board certified teachers

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Charleston County School District (CCSD) is among the top five districts statewide for total number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), with 18 new certifications added in 2012, bringing the total to 487. Data suggests that NBCT teachers strengthen student achievement and outperform their peers with the same level of experience.

“I want to congratulate our newest NBCT certified teachers for their hard work and commitment to professional development through the certification process,” says CCSD Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley. “I encourage all of our teachers to consider this opportunity for reflection and evaluation. Increased certification can help us get yet another step closer to achieving our Vision 2016 goals.”

The 18 NBCT newly-certified CCSD teachers include:

Abigail West, Charles Pinckney Elementary

Barbara Smith, Laurel Hill Primary

Kathleen Thomas, St James-Santee Elementary

Lori Carroll, Wando High

Margaret Houk, Moultrie Middle

Michelle Martin, Mitchell Math and Science

Nancy Dabit, Moultrie Middle

Sarah Buxton, Laurel Hill Primary

Sharon Herring, Laurel Hill Primary

The South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA) stated, “South Carolina remains third in the nation for the total number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) after 291 South Carolina educators representing 39 school districts earned National Board Certification (NBC) in 2012, according to data released today by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

“There are now over 100,000 NBCTs in the United States. With the addition of this new group of NBCTs, South Carolina increases its total to 8,436, trailing only North Carolina and Florida.

“Richland School District Two set the pace for the state with 35 teachers achieving National Board Certification in 2012. Richland School District One had 25 and Horry and Greenville tied at 21 to round out the top three. Richland Two now leads the state for the most NBCTs all-time with 654. Greenville is a close second at 646. Other state leaders include Charleston (488), Lexington Five (431) and Horry (418).

“Teachers seeking National Board Certification undertake a two-part process that takes from one to three years to complete. The process requires candidates to reflect on their classroom practices, assess their understanding of subject material and examine their preparation techniques. In addition to preparing a portfolio with videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays, teachers must complete assessment center exercises based on content knowledge that prove they have mastered the subjects they teach and also possess the skills to teach them.

“The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA) provides numerous National Board awareness sessions and an array of candidate support workshops to assist educators in the process of certification. Their infrastructure of support also includes a district liaison in each of the state’s 84 school districts and collaboration with other state agencies including the State Department of Education, The South Carolina Education Association, and the Palmetto State Teachers Association.

“According to information provided by NBPTS, a recent report by Harvard’s Strategic Data Project found that NBCTs in Los Angeles public schools, the nation’s second-largest school district, significantly outperformed their peers with the same level of experience.

“In 2000, CERRA was charged by the South Carolina General Assembly to administer the South Carolina National Board Certification Loan Program for teachers choosing to pursue National Board Certification. The loan program was disbanded three years ago, however, private and federal funds with minimal cost to the applicant were available to this year’s cohort. Teachers interested in pursuing the certification for the 2013-14 National Board cycle can access further information on the CERRA Website at www.cerra.org.”

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