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National Board Certification

National Board Certification is an optional, advanced teaching certificate. Visit the National Board Certification website for details.

Peter Ippel '07 describes his experience with becoming Nationally Board Certified in 2012:
My school district offers assistance in becoming certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. There is a coordinator who sets up meetings to answer questions. I went into the experience not exactly sure what I was getting into. There are four portfolio entries that you need to submit and then 6 essay questions that you answer at an assessment center. One entry usually focuses on analyzing student work (for most certificate areas), two others are usually centered around a video recording of a portion of your teaching and the fourth is about professional accomplishments, learning and family involvement. I knew that it would be a lot of work, but starting in October, I dedicated most Saturdays to working on my portfolio entries. I also did some work during Christmas break and some during Spring Break. It takes a lot of analysis and reflection. Other Nationally Board Certified teachers and counselors in the district helped by reading entries and offering feedback. The day that I sent my entries off, we had a big celebration with my family. Then it was time to get ready for the assessment center. That was a little bit scary and unknown, but it ended up going really well. The next step is waiting, results aren't usually released until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. When I found out that I passed, I was thrilled! Now I am serving as a mentor to a teacher working on her National Board certification. I also help read entries for other candidates. Overall, its a really rewarding experience. It helps you look more closely at what you do. Being a mentor and a reader is great because I get all kinds of new ideas! It's a long, arduous process, but the growth is worth it!