The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced yesterday (Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010) that 71 Seattle Public Schools teachers earned their National Board certification in 2010. Seattle now has 227 National Board-certified teachers, an increase of more than 40 percent over last year.
The National Board noted that Seattle Public Schools is among the nation’s top 20 districts in terms of the number of teachers who achieved national certification in 2010, ranking sixth.
Several of the teachers who earned National Board certification serve families in the Green Lake area. Congratulations to Joe Kunkel of Green Lake Elementary School, Katie Barrett and Rachel Friesen of West Woodland Elementary School, Nicolette Jensen of Salmon Bay K-8 School, Emily Falls of Eckstein Middle School, Elizabeth Wittmann-Todd of Hamilton International Middle School, and Kristin Alfonzo, who teaches Special Education at JSCEE.
“We are proud of our increasing number of teachers who have achieved National Board certification, because it is key to academic success for every student,” said Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, Ph.D., in a press release. “Encouraging and supporting teachers in their professional development – including National Board certification — is critical to achieving the goals set out in Seattle Public Schools’ strategic plan, Excellence for All.”
A voluntary program designed to develop, recognize and retain accomplished teachers, National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. Among other requirements, teachers submit video-tapes of their teaching practice, which are reviewed by a jury of national board teachers; and take six assessments on content knowledge and teaching practice.