Press Release:
 


Centerfield Elementary Teachers Earn 
National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards® was created in 1987 after the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy's Task Force on Teaching as a Profession released A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century (May 16, 1986). 

The report followed the landmark report, .A  Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, 1983, developed by the President's Commission on Excellence in Education.  A Nation at Risk set off alarms across the country with statements like, "If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war." Educators, parents, business executives and legislators awakened to the economic and social consequences of an education system failing to keep pace with a changing American and global society. 

The Carnegie task force report, A Nation Prepared, offered solutions: "The key to success lies in creating a profession equal to the task - a profession of well-educated teachers prepared to assume new powers and responsibilities to redesign schools for the future." The task force urged the teaching profession to set the standards and certify teachers who meet those standards and called for the formation of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Centerfield Elementary teachers, Laura Greer 3-4 Teacher, Susan Rose, 3-4 Teacher, Carol Saive, Exceptional Child Educator, and Lora Shields, Exceptional Child Educator, accepted the challenge last school year and were recently recognized at the Capitol in Frankfort and at the January 28, 2002, Oldham County School Board Meeting for having earned National Board Certification®. 

National Board Certification is a symbol of professional teaching excellence. A National Board certificate will attest that a teacher was judged by his or her peers as one who is accomplished, makes sound professional judgments about students' best interests, and acts effectively on those judgments. Offered on a voluntary basis, National Board Certification complements, but does not replace, state licensing. While state licensing systems set entry-level standards for novice teachers, National Board Certification establishes advanced standards for experienced teachers. 

National Board Certification also represents an opportunity for professional growth unlike any other now available to teachers. Teachers across the nation are able to gauge their skills and knowledge against objective, peer-developed standards of advanced practice. And as teachers hone their professional skills, their students reap the greatest rewards. Students and staff at Centerfield Elementary benefit daily from the expertise of those teachers recently recognized.  For more information contact Harrie Buecker, Assistant Superintendent of Oldham County Schools, or visit the following website:  ..http://www.nbpts.org/..

 
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Susan Rose, 3-4 Teacher


Laura Greer, 3-4 Teacher


Lora Shields, 
Exceptional Child Educator


Carol Saive,
Exceptional Child Educator

 
 
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