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VEA and NEA Help You Gain National Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent organization that oversees a national voluntary system of certifying teachers who meet high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification measures a teacher's practice against these standards through an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of candidates' classroom teaching and student learning. Teachers who have participated in NBPTS Certification say it is the most powerful professional development experience of their careers.

Among the resources the Association offers to help you become a national board-certified teacher:

VEA ‘Jump Start’ seminars. Since 2006, VEA has offered ‘Jump Start’ summer workshops for those considering national board certification. The four-day seminar, with discount rates for VEA members, aims to give you a solid grounding in the certification process. The trainers are VEA colleagues who have received their board credential.

NEA Board Certification resource site. At the national level, NEA provides a resource-filled web page. You can download a candidate guide designed for Association members, learn about low-cost loans to cover the cost of the board application fee, and check out tip lists from successful candidates.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has announced the new candidates achieving certification. VEA congratulates the 2014 candidates.



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