City School Board Offers Support and Financial Assistance
On Monday the City of Fairfax School Board honored the 18 City school teachers who have earned or are in the process of earning their National Board Certification. The school board offers up to $1500 to support teachers in the program.
The teachers and principals were invited to a reception prior to the meeting and select teachers from each of the four schools answered questions about the program and its impact on their teaching practices.
National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. The program is approximately 18 months long.
Created by teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade.
The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with the Five Core Propositions. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.
More than 112,000 teachers across the United States have achieved Board certification.