Piggott Teachers Earn Accreditation

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The three teachers at PHS to recently gain national accreditation are, from left Jennifer Vernon, Jennifer McPherson and Stacey Peters.

Three teachers at Piggott High School have earned the highest credential available to American educators by recently becoming a National Board Certified Teacher through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The three recently certified teachers are Jennifer McPherson, Stacey Peters and Jennifer Vernon. They join two teachers who had earlier gained certification while working at PHS, Karen Coomer and Penny Veal.

The local teachers were also aided in the effort by a $300 scholarship toward certification made available by Piggott State Bank. The local bank also offers a special interest rate toward the cost of completing the program, which makes the accreditation much more accessible to local educators.

National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment of a teacher's pedagogical skills and content knowledge. According to the organization's website, the certification takes one to three years to complete.

While state licensing systems set the basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers have demonstrated advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. NBPTS certification identifies qualified teachers as leaders in their field, much like the certifications earned by experts in law and medicine. Completion of NBPTS's National Board Certification process signifies that the certificated teachers have developed and demonstrated the skills required of a true education professional.

"As the nation focuses on building the strongest possible teaching workforce, National Board Certification is the gold standard in affirming excellence in the classroom," said Ron Thorpe, NBPTS president and CEO. "These highly qualified teachers are true 'nation builders,' and are the educators who are best positioned to lead the ground-up movement our schools need to reach their potential."

A recent comprehensive study by the nonpartisan National Research Council found that students taught by board certified teachers make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by other teachers. In fact, improved student learning and achievement are two key benefits of the programs and services provided through NBPTS.

NBPTS is also impacting education nationwide through additional professional development programs for school leaders, research and development on education policy and practices and through strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations which are also seeking to improve America's schools.

NBCTs embody what parents want for their kids, and these accomplished educators are well positioned to make a difference in their schools and communities.

Those wanting more information on the organization, or their efforts, may visit www.growgreatschools.org

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