Estes Park Teacher Jeff Arnold Renews National Certificate Of Teaching Excellence
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the organization that sets and maintains the standards for teacher excellence, has announced that Jeff Arnold, an eighth grade history teacher at Estes Park Middle School, has successfully renewed his certificate for National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession.
The number of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) increased by nearly 8,900 in 2009, bringing the total number of accomplished teachers and school counselors certified by NBPTS to more than 82,000. Nearly 1,700 NBCTs successfully met the standards to renew their National Board Certification.
In a recent interview with NBPTS, U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that teachers who achieved National Board Certification have “demonstrated a commitment to taking their teaching practice and the teaching profession to a different level.” He added, “What if every child had a chance to be taught by a National Board Certified Teacher? I think the difference it would make in students’ lives would be extraordinary. As we move forward on this turnaround agenda nationally, I would love for National Board Certified Teachers to be at the forefront of that movement.”
By successfully completing the renewal process for certification, Arnold, a National Board Certified Teacher, continues to meet the nation’s highest teaching standards. He joins the tens of thousands of NBCTs who are part of this country’s education reform movement that focuses on ensuring that every student has access to an accomplished teacher.
“Our focus is expanding from individuals achieving National Board Certification to a systemic movement that changes the culture of classrooms, schools and districts by leveraging National Board Certified Teachers to build human capital, especially in high-need schools,” said Joseph A. Aguerrebere, president and chief executive officer, NBPTS. “This announcement symbolizes what we’re all about—improving the capacity of professionals in working with all students.”
The advanced teaching credential is valid for 10 years. In order to renew National Board Certification, a teacher must complete the NBPTS Profile of Professional Growth prior to the expiration date of his or her certificate. The Profile must contain compelling evidence of the NBCT’s professional growth linked to student learning since achieving certification. Renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as NBCTs.
In many schools, districts and states across the nation, National Board Certified Teachers are assuming leadership roles—serving as mentors, facilitating professional development and leading education reform efforts in their districts and states. Several states are capitalizing on the expertise of these outstanding teacher leaders in their “Race to the Top” proposals. They are using accomplished teachers to increase effectiveness and improve school conditions to better meet the academic learning needs of students in targeted high-need schools.
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. The NRC acknowledged that students taught by National Board Certified Teachers make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by non-board-certified teachers.
Congratulations Mr. Arnold!