Newton-Conover City School Leader Helps Set National Standards for Accomplished Teaching
Conover, NC — National Board Certification is the teaching profession’s mark of accomplished practice. The more than 112,000 teachers who have achieved Board certification demonstrate their ability to teach to profession’s highest standards. Dr. Amanda Bridges, Assistant Director of Exceptional Children in Newton-Conover City Schools, recently joined 271 of the most accomplished teachers across the United States in Chicago, IL to help set the National Board performance standards across 25 certificate areas.
National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) collaborated in groups according to their National Board certificate area/specialty. Each group of NBCTs dedicated one to two intensive days to assist the National Board in setting the performance standard indicating accomplished teaching for part of the content knowledge component for their particular certificate area.
About the experience, Dr. Bridges said, “There is a need for leadership that walks the walk, and talks the talk. Setting the performance standards provided me with an opportunity to continue my pursuit of accomplished teaching and leadership.”
Standard setting is a research-based process for establishing a performance standard that indicates accomplished teaching.
“A critical part of the National Board’s mission is to provide a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet the National Board Standards. We could not accomplish that part of our mission without these teachers’ subject matter expertise, dedication, work and vision for the profession of teaching,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of the National Board.
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About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (www.nbpts.org):
The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.
[Dr. Amanda Bridges]