Twenty-two Clover Park School District teachers earned their National Board Certification (NBC) in 2008. To obtain this honor, these teachers participated in a rigorous series of performance-based assessments that included evaluations of teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes or DVDs and analysis of the candidate‚Äôs teaching methods.
The district‚Äôs newest NBC teachers are Marietta Brown and April Kinder, Custer; Debra Corcoran, Southgate; Elizabeth Devitt, Kathy Hanawalt and Tami Moffatt, Clover Park; Diana Fitzgerald, Kathy Gallagher, Amy Hamilton, Tara Longfellow and Belinda Walker, Tillicum; Rachel Hyde, Mann; Christine Kelly, teaching and learning; Ray Kurtz and Kimberly Tarnowieckyi, Lakes; Jan Lucas and Sandra Rose, Lakeview; Wayne Osborn, Hillside; Jacklyn (Normile) Roscoe and Ashley Wilwayco, Woodbrook; Jessica Strand, Carter Lake and Michael Vincent, Harrison Preparatory.
Overall, the district has 54 nationally certified teachers.
The district offers teachers working towards certification $1,000 in fee support and funding for one retake exam if needed. These candidates receive three release days to work on their portfolios and assessments. In addition, candidates may attend monthly district-sponsored support groups to study their certification standards with colleagues and give each other feedback on their work.
Certification is a year-long introspective process that requires teachers to submit a four-part portfolio and pass a six-exercise content and pedagogy assessment. The 10 entries document a teacher‚Äôs success in the classroom as evidenced by his or her students‚Äô learning. The portfolio is then assessed by a national panel of peers.
The legislature also funds a $5,000 annual salary bonus for teachers who achieve NBC for the life of their certificate. The annual bonuses increase each year to keep pace with inflation. Teachers can receive an additional $5,000 bonus if they teach in ‚Äúchallenging‚Äù schools, which are defined as having a certain percentage of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch (50 percent for high schools, 60 percent for middle schools and 70 percent for elementary schools).Print This Post