American teachers are getting a lot of attention these days.
Some praise us, some criticize us, but few would deny the power we have to shape the future of our country. The public wants answers, and so do we. That's why I would like to invite Imperial Valley citizens interested in improving education to consider supporting a local teacher in obtaining national board certification.
In an effort to jump-start education, states are piling up requirements on their teachers. More classes and tests are required to become a teacher, more paperwork once you do become a teacher, but few chances are given to meditate on the meaning, reason and success of it all.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards offers teachers a rigorous process for doing just that. National board certification is extended to teachers who complete satisfactorily a process of professional development in which they demonstrate that their practice is consistent with NBPTS's five core propositions: 1) Teachers are committed to students and their learning 2) Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students 3) Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning 4) Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience, and 5) Teachers are members of learning communities.