Photo attached: (L to R) Teachers Kristi Lucks, Patricia Dervan, Ellen Latham, Erik Berg, Gregory Banks, Matthew Kazlauskas, and Noah Patel hold their letter of recognition from the Boston School Committee on achieving National Board Certification.
National Board certification is known as the ‘Gold Standard’
BOSTON - Eight Boston Public Schools (BPS) educators are being recognized for achieving National Board certification – the highest credential in the teaching profession. The teachers (list below) are among 15 named from Massachusetts and more than 6,200 across the country to receive this honor. The Boston School Committee honored the eight teachers at its last meeting.
“We are so very proud of these educators and are truly fortunate to have them working here in Boston,” said Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Sr., Chair of the Boston School Committee. “They have achieved the gold standard and their students are the immediate beneficiaries.”
Teachers seeking National Board Certification go through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.
“There is nothing more important than having a quality teacher at the head of every single classroom in our schools,” said Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. “These teachers are leading the pack and I’m proud to call them my colleagues.”
Earning National Board Certification has been linked to improved outcomes for students. In a congressionally mandated report, the National Research Council (NRC) confirmed that National Board Certified Teachers advance student achievement and learning, stay in the classroom longer, support new and struggling teachers, and assume other school-based leadership roles.
68 BPS teachers have achieved National Board Certification to date, and the district encourages teachers to consider becoming candidates. The Massachusetts Department of Education partially subsidizes the registration fees for teachers.
For more information on National Board Certified Teachers, visit www.nbpts.org.
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Boston Public Schools National Board Certified Teachers Class of 2011:
Mr. Gregory Banks – Urban Science Academy, West Roxbury
Mr. Erik Berg – Philbrick Elementary School, Roslindale
Ms. Patricia Dervan – Brighton High School, Brighton
Ms. Caitlin Hollister – Murphy K-8, Dorchester
Mr. Matthew Kazlauskas – John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science, Roxbury
Ms. Ellen Latham – Mario Umana Academy, East Boston
Ms. Kristi Lucks – Boston Community Leadership Academy, Brighton
Mr. Noah Patel – Roosevelt K-8, Hyde Park