Eighty-six West Virginia teachers - including eight from the region - who earned National Board Certification for 2010-2011, the highest credential in the teaching profession, were honored Wednesday evening.
"National Board Certified teachers not only have to prove they know their subject matter, but they also must provide evidence they know how to effectively teach their subjects to students," said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. "National Board Certified Teachers know how to bridge the gap between what students learn today and what they need to know to be successful in the 21st century. Teachers who receive the national certification are clearly among America's best."
Across the country about 91,000 of the nation's most effective teachers have demonstrated that they meet the highest teaching standards by becoming National Board certified. This year, West Virginia increased its National Board Certified Teachers by 17.4 percent, compared to a national average of 10 percent. West Virginia's 2011 Teacher of the Year Drema McNeal of Raleigh County is among them. Overall, Wood County has the most nationally certified teachers in West Virginia with 68, followed by Cabell with 49; Monongalia, 42; Putnam, 28; and Berkeley, 27. The teachers received awards recognizing their accomplishment during a dinner in their honor at The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.
Among West Virginia's 86 teachers receiving certification in 2010 are: Barbour County, Angela McDaniel; Grant County, Heather Yakubow; Pocahontas County, Mary Burns; Tucker County, Teresa Brusak; Upshur County, Sherri Butler, Kelley Caynor, Janet Phillips and Sharon Walton.
Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization. Its mission is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize and reward great teachers-and make them better.
While state licensing systems set basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers have successfully demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.
For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, contact the West Virginia Department of Education's Office of Professional Preparation at (304) 558-7010, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699. Information also is available on the NBPTS website at www.nbpts.org.
The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE's 21st century learning plan called "Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.," West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.