LEXINGTON, Miss. – Rebecca Victor, Advanced Placement Calculus, Advanced Math Plus, and Algebra II teacher recently completed a 22-month process of validating content mastery on a Math exam, demonstrating pedagogical mastery (differentiated instruction), exhibiting teaching, and providing data of student achievement to earn the prestigious National Board Certification (NBC) distinction.
The essence of the National Board’s vision of accomplished teaching is captured in the enduring document What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do, at the heart of which are the Five Core Propositions:
1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
5. Teachers are members of learning communities.
Ms. Victor said, “I wanted to become an NBC teacher to improve my teaching by the process of completing the standards assessed by the certification. Research shows students of NBC teachers learn more and I wanted to make an impact on my students. I also wanted to demonstrate my commitment to excellence.”
National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. National Board-certified teachers must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James L. Henderson said, “National Board Certification is proof a teacher is an expert in their content area and that they have shown that they know how to teach their content, manage and monitor student learning and lead their colleagues as professional role models. We are very happy to celebrate Ms. Victor’s achievement.”
The National Board Certificate is valid for 10 years. Both the state of Mississippi and Holmes County reward National Board Certification with a pay bonus. The state provides an annual salary supplement of $6,000 to eligible NBCTs for the life of the National Board certificate. In 13 counties, including Holmes, an additional $4,000 stipend is also available.