Four Shoreline teachers earn National Board Certification, two more renew

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Four Shoreline teachers recently earned the prestigious National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification.

They are: Brenda Gilman (Shorewood), Leslie Silver (Shorewood), Ranice Innocent (Brookside) and Trisha Massot (Briarcrest).

This brings the total number of National Board Certified Teachers in Shoreline Public Schools to 81.

National Board Certification is a methodical, thought-provoking process for teachers to increase their understand of the art of teaching while demonstrating the skills and characteristics of excellence in education.

The NBPTS offers the only national certification process that allows teachers to measure their skills and best practices against nationally agreed upon standards. The lengthy application process is an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videos and thorough analyses of the candidates’ classroom teaching and student learning.

Teachers also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students. The entire process can take between 200-400 hours.

National Board Certification is good for 10 years then requires renewal. Jennifer Etter (District, Teacher on Special Assignment) and Caroline Mann (Shorewood) successfully completed the process to renew their expiring National Board Certification.

Although less time consuming than their original National Board Certification process, the renewal process involves providing evidence of professional growth and teaching practices that align with the NBPTS standards. It can take between 30-40 hours to complete.


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