Thursday, April 3, 2014

LMSD Teachers Explore National Certification Process

Twenty five potential candidate teachers from the Louisville Municipal School District attended a presentation on the National Board Certification process. Representing almost 10% of the teachers in the District, the group learned about the requirements and benefits of national certification from Tempe O'Nan, the Director of the World Class Teaching Program at MSU.

O'Nan stressed the benefits of attaining a National Board Certification (NBC) that included strengthening teaching practices in the classroom and improving student's learning as well as personal benefits such as career advancement, a portable teaching license across state lines and additional salary ($6000/yr).

LMSD currently has 20 National Board Certified Teachers. Under new requirements, the certification requirements can take from 2-3 years to complete and candidates are required to pass national standards requirements. LMSD Superintendent Ken McMullan was encouraged by the interest of the District's teachers - "Certification can produce better test scores in the classroom. It is a great program and a very rigorour process and we encourage our teachers to work toward it."

The Mississippi World Class Teaching Program works with NBC candidates through workshops, support personnel, assessment center training and a 5 core proposition workshop to prepare for the National Board process.