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					                         Alverno College and The Helen Bader Foundation
                    National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
                        Pre-candidate Workshop and Support for Candidates
        Began:            Pilot in February 2000, Full-fledged in September 2001
        Contact:          Mary Diez, Dean of Graduate Studies—Alverno College, former NBPTS Board
                          Member (6 years, 1994-2000), 414-382-6214 or mary.diez@alverno.edu
        Services:         Pre-candidacy, candidate support, college course
        Target Group: Teachers interested in pursuing National Board (NB) Certification
        Features:
                         Designed by National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs)
                         Overall goal is to support teachers in improving their classroom practice
                         Introduction to the standards and processes of NBPTS
                         Exploration of the National Board standards and experiences in the types of
                          analysis and reflection required for the process of board certification
                         Aims to serve 200-300 teachers over 3 years, 25 per class, evenings and/or
                          Saturdays
                         Six 3-1/2 hour sessions, offered in Spring, Fall and Summer semesters
                         Precandidate program; 105 have completed; 35 are currently enrolled for the
                          summer of 2003; sessions will also be held in fall and spring of 2003-2004
                         One-on-one or small group support to teachers who participate in the certification
                         process
                         Support program: 10 were supported in 2000-2001 (90% success rate); 12 were
                          supported in 2001-2002 (85% success rate); 11 currently supported for 2002-2003,
                          will receive results in November 2003
                         Both programs offered at no charge through support of The Helen Bader
                          Foundation
                         Graduate credits (2) for $100.00 per credit
                         Facilitators provided training through NBPTS workshops and conferences
                         Candidates who achieve certification are eligible for the WI Master Educator
                          License
        Outcomes:
                         Gain an understanding of the goals, standards, and processes of NB Certification
                         Apply National Board standards as a conceptual framework to write descriptively,
                          analytically, and reflectively about the standards related to their teaching practice
                         Critically analyze their professional practice, including classroom discourse,
                          curriculum development, assessment, and management/disciplinary practices
                         Effectively examine student work diagnostically to determine student needs and to
                          make decisions about how to adapt instruction to meet these needs
                         Gain an understanding of standards-based teaching comparable with PI 34
        Activities:
                         Gather and view samples of student work
                         Videotape themselves working with learners
                         Practice writing descriptively, analytically, and reflectively
                         Complete and analyze exercises modeled on those required by NBPTS
WI PK-16 Leadership Council                                                                            June 2003
2003 Program of Distinction Award
                        Alverno College and The Helen Bader Foundation
                   National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
                       Pre-candidate Workshop and Support for Candidates

                        National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards
                                             Overview

In 1986, the Carnegie Foundation on Education and the Economy published its landmark study, A Nation
Prepared, breaking with the conventional wisdom of how to improve education, schools, and teaching.
One of the primary strategies of the reforms proposed was the creation of a national board to certify
accomplished teaching. Seventeen years later, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
(NBPTS) is a reality and as of November 2002 almost 24,000 National Board Certified Teachers
(NBCTs) are in schools across America. Only 129 of those teachers are from Wisconsin.
NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization governed by a 63-member board of
directors, the majority of whom are classroom teachers. Other members include school administrators,
school board leaders, governors and state legislators, higher education officials, teacher union leaders and
business and community leaders.
The mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by:
    maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able
      to do,
    providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and
    advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American
      education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.
National Board Certification measures a teacher's practice against high and rigorous standards. The
process is an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student
work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidates' classroom teaching and student
learning. Teachers also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter
knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students. The process is
voluntary with certificates available in most teaching areas and grade levels.
Teachers who participate in the National Board Certification process:
    engage in reflection on their practice, using National Board standards,
    learn to critique their practice to improve teaching and student learning, and
    write descriptively, analytically and reflectively about their work
The primary goals of National Board Certification are to strengthen teaching, improve student learning,
and recognize accomplished teaching. In Wisconsin, NBCTs receive an annual stipend of $2,500 in
recognition of their achievement and qualify for the Wisconsin Master Teacher License.




WI PK-16 Leadership Council                                                                        June 2003
2003 Program of Distinction Award
                        Alverno College and The Helen Bader Foundation
                   National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
                       Pre-candidate Workshop and Support for Candidates


                                        Teacher Quotes



“The program and the process have made me take another look at my instructional strategies.”



“Although student learning has always been one of my goals, the added emphasis on that goal,
caused me to rethink how I taught. As a result, I began to teach with more emphasis on student
generated ideas and thoughts.”



“I’ve been able to use the workshop as professional development to help me look at my students’
learning closer.”



“I was constantly reminded about reflecting on how this (my teaching) impacted on my students’
learning.”



“I now make all my decisions with student learning in mind.”



“I can’t express enough how much both aspects have changed by teaching. I am much more
focused on my students now and refer back to all I’ve learned through the program often.”




WI PK-16 Leadership Council                                                             June 2003
2003 Program of Distinction Award
                           Alverno College and The Helen Bader Foundation
                      National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
                          Pre-candidate Workshop and Support for Candidates




Why the Program Works




       Designed by NBCTs




       Emphasis on effective teaching and learning




       Participants supported by mentors after the pre-candidacy piece




       Evaluation of program by participants




       Regular review of program by facilitators and Alverno College




       Bring in recently certified NBCTs as facilitators




WI PK-16 Leadership Council                                                         June 2003
2003 Program of Distinction Award
                        Alverno College and The Helen Bader Foundation
                   National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
                       Pre-candidate Workshop and Support for Candidates


                              National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)


Name                            School District        Certification Area

Jean Biebel                     Wauwatosa              Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English
Language Arts

Debra Dosemagen                 Pius XI, Milwaukee     Adolescence and Young
Adulthood/Mathematics

Kathy Gebauer                   Menomonee Falls        Early Childhood/Generalist

Jayne Heffron                   Whitefish Bay          Middle Childhood/Generalist

Barbara Johnson                 West Allis             Early Childhood/Generalist

Andy Kuemmel                    Edgerton               Adolescence and Young
Adulthood/Mathematics

Wendy Rowley                    Milwaukee              Early Adolescence through Young
Adulthood/Art

Cecelia Schliepp                Lake Country           Early Adolescence/English Language Arts

Mary Staten                     Milwaukee              Early Adolescence/Science

Patricia Susami            Menomonee Falls             Early Childhood through Young
Adulthood/Exceptional Needs

Constance Wolf                  Menomonee Falls        Middle Childhood/Generalist




WI PK-16 Leadership Council                                                              June 2003
2003 Program of Distinction Award

				
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