Monday, February 10, 2014

National Board Certified Teachers at BCS!

First grade teacher Colleen Farley was recognized at a recent BCS Board Meeting for becoming Nationally Board Certified this year - an honor that has been achieved by less than 3% of teachers nationwide.  At BCS, we are proud to have 10% of our teaching faculty with this prestigious status, and several more are completing the process this year.

National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) are an elite group of educators who must pass a rigorous certification process that includes in depth lesson planning and analysis, several tests based on pedagogy and content, videos of lessons, and student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement.  As Colleen shared with the BCS Board, the entire process is tied to student learning and advancement in all aspects of the teaching profession, not just a single lesson or unit of study.

The National Board mission aligns so closely with our school’s vision that our staff has committed to making this distinguished certification an expected part of the role of a BCS educator.  Every staff member who is eligible to begin the process (teaching for 3 or more years) is supported with mentors, time, and equipment needed to succeed and become Board certified.

Congratulations to Colleen and all of our teachers at BCS on their commitment to excellence in education!
Ms. Farley, who recently became Nationally Board Certified, helps a first grade student write a draft for her Turtle Blog