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Educators Honored at National Board Certification Pinning Ceremony

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A total of 152 MCPS educators achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 2023, and 109 were on hand to receive their pins in a ceremony on May 7. Another 73 successfully maintained their certifications; 38 attended and were honored for these efforts.

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National Board Certification is achieved through an assessment process designed to measure what accomplished educators should know and be able to do. The process requires educators to demonstrate how their activities, both inside and outside the classroom, strengthen student performance and contribute to student achievement.

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To become National Board Certified, candidates voluntarily complete a rigorous program that consists of four components: assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documentation of the impact of assessment and collaboration on student learning. These components were designed by teachers for teachers, to identify the essential knowledge and skills required to advance student learning and achievement.

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MCPS uses the rigorous standards established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) as part of the Professional Growth System for all teachers in the school system. The certification process is open to anyone with three years of full-time classroom teaching experience. Certificates issued by NBPTS are valid for five years after which a teacher may seek maintenance of certification to renew the National Board Certification for an additional five years.

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For those interested in pursuing National Board Certification, interest sessions will be held on:

  • Wednesday, May 22, 5–6 p.m., Francis Scott Key Middle School cafeteria
  • Wednesday, May 29, 5–6 p.m., Newport Mill Middle School cafeteria
  • Thursday, May 30, 5–6 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School cafeteria
  • Thursday, June 6, 5–6 p.m., on Zoom
  • Tuesday, June 11, 5–6 p.m., on Zoom

Register on Professional Development Online (PDO), course #92551.

List of NBCTs, 2023