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NYSUT Salutes 97 Teachers Who Achieved ‘Gold Standard’ National Certification

Published Monday, January 6, 2020
by NYSUT News
NYSUT Salutes 97 Teachers Who Achieved ‘Gold Standard’ National Certification

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is congratulating 97 Teachers from across the state who’ve earned National Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the “gold standard” in the education profession.

In total, New York is home to 2,115 National Board Certified Teachers, who have completed a rigorous performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment process that includes a review of teaching portfolios, student work samples, videos and analysis of a candidate’s teaching and student learning.

Sixty New York Educators had their certifications renewed in 2019.

“New York’s National Board Certified Teachers are shining examples of the outstanding Educators across the state who work so hard to help their students achieve their full potential,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “With inequality in education among the most pressing issues of our time, this diverse group is proof that every corner of the state has dedicated Teachers who believe in education and, most importantly, in their students.”

This year’s class of National Board Certified Teachers touches every region of New York, with the Capital Region (20 Teachers) and Long Island (19) leading the way.  The list of 2019 awardees can be found here.

“National Board Certified Teachers show every day how transformative a high-quality education can be for our students,” NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene T. DiBrango said. “To become certified, these Teachers have demonstrated not just that they know their subject areas, but that they know their students, the challenges they face and how to help them grow.  These Educators are proof that teaching makes a difference.”

Achieving national certification is extraordinarily challenging.  Candidates typically spend 200-to-400 hours of their own time having their teaching assessed against rigorous standards through an extensive series of performance-based assessments, including teaching portfolios, student work samples, videos of their lessons, and thorough analyses and reflection of the candidate’s teaching and student learning.

The process also involves written exercises that probe the depth of the candidate’s subject-area knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects.

NYSUT assists National Board Candidates by offering awareness programs and support through on-line discussion forums, and conferences and professional development through its Education & Learning Trust.

The Union also aids State Teacher Centers in supporting candidates through the challenging board certification process.

In addition, a State Grant Program helps pay the candidates’ application fees and other expenses.

NYSUT, which represents more than 600,000 Members in Education, Human Services and Health Care, is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA) and the AFL-CIO.

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