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 SDCOE to Help Teachers with National Board Certification

​​​​​​​​​​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 teaching professional.

“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 leaders.”

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.