The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is preparing
to support 75 local teachers as they work through the rigorous process of earning
a prestigious national certification.
The two-year support program will help educators in 10 San
Diego County school districts navigate the National Board Certification process.
“All of the research says that the one variable that has the
greatest impact on student learning is the teacher,” said Chris Reising, human
resources director with SDCOE. ”This support program is giving us the
opportunity to invest resources into our most valuable asset: educators.”
Most of the SDCOE program is provided online, with quarterly
in-person meetings. The first meeting will be April 25.
The different modules of support content guide teachers
through the process of earning National Board Certification. It’s the first
time SDCOE has offered online and blended support specifically designed to help
with the National Board Certification process, which includes a written
assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and
analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a
“It’s a very rigorous process,” said Tammy Harris, a
National Board Certified Teacher and the SDCOE coordinator for this project.
“Research shows that when teachers go through the process, they become
Eventually, the goal is to have teachers throughout the
state enrolled in the program. There’s no online program offered that’s as
robust as the one SDCOE designed, Harris said.
The support program is provided at no cost to teachers and
is paid with grant money from the California Department of Education.
“The National Board Certification process will ensure that I
avoid complacency, seek new challenges, offer my students the very best
education, and reaffirm my commitment to the teaching profession,” said Alicia
Pentz-Lopez, a teacher with the Sweetwater Union High School District.
The National Board support program is part of the larger
Educator Evaluation and Effectiveness effort, which focuses on supporting
districts as they develop an integrated professional learning system and develop
roles for teacher leaders.