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  • WCT teachers' Recognitions

    Nancy Beiner (JJ) recognized by former student, Shannon Herrmann with Rose I Kelly Award  from University of Scranton Pennsylvania for Excellence in Teaching.


    Patricia Fitzgibbon (RCK) received National Board Certification 2016: Early Childhood through young adulthood/Exceptional Needs AND Martha Jones (OG) National Board Certification in Elementary Art
      

     

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  • National Board Teacher Certification

    Attention National Board Candidates:

    National Board Certification Grant:
    New York State Education (NYSED) is now accepting applications for the Albert Shanker Grant Program for anyone interested in pursuing National Board Certification. This grant assists candidates with almost 100% of the cost for the certification process.
    For information regarding the grant program, see:  http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/albertshanker.html  .
    For information regarding National Board certification, see: http://www.nbpts.org

    Are you a National Board Candidate for 2016-2017?

    Please contact Ronnie Dwyer at the WCT at 227-5065.  We would like to compile a list of all candidates for this school year.  

    What’s new with National Board Certification?

    National Board has revised the certification process; therefore, candidates will not be able to complete the process in one year. It will take 3 years for the new process to be completed.

    During 2014-2015, candidates will be able to complete Component 1: Content Knowledge - this is the test portion of the process and is taken at a Pearson Assessment Center and Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction - a written entry (this may also be the video component). In 2015-2016, Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment will be added and in 2016-2017, Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner will be added.  

    NB does not have the Career and Technical Certificate ready for this year; it will be ready for 2015-2016.

    According to NB, Components 1 and 2 will not be ready until October 2014; however, candidates may sign-up now.

    What about NB grants?

    There has been no further information about the Shanker and Candidate Subsidy Fee Grant. In the past, candidates have had the entire process, less $65.00 paid for by these grants.  More information to follow.

    How can the WCT support candidates?

    President Delli Carpini and the Wappingers Congress of Teachers (WCT) have been long supporters of NB certification. Therefore, this year the WCT has provided $1,200.00 to help support candidates through the process. This money can be used to attend the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center National Board Writing Workshops (full days at the NYSUT Kingston office). These workshops are usually offered in January and February.  I am also working with NYSUT ELT (Education and Learning Trust) to develop workshops to address each new NB component.  As you know, due to the change in the NB process the 45-hour (3 credit) NB Support Group can no longer be offered. We are looking at 15-hour courses for components 2, 3 and 4 and a 3-hour seminar for component 1. Members would also be able to apply for the WCT grant for these courses.  A WCT application will be available in October.

    I’m signed-up. What should I be doing prior to October?

    At this point, if you have signed-up for NB, you should read and memorize the 5 Core Propositions. The certificate standards are based on these propositions. You should also be reading, note-taking, studying and re-reading the standards for your certificate area. These are available on the NB website at http://www.boardcertifiedteachers.org

    What Is National Board Certification?

    National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as NBCTs.

    National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is available nationwide for most preK–12 teachers.

    As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.

    Why Standards for Accomplished Teaching? 

    Every child deserves an accomplished teacher — one who is qualified to equip students with the skills to succeed in the 21st century global community. NBPTS Standards and National Board Certification give teachers and schools the tools to define and measure teaching excellence. NBPTS Standards are based on the Five Core Propositions that form the foundation for what all accomplished teachers should know and be able to do and provide a reference that helps educators link teaching standards to teaching practice.

    Five Core Propositions

    Teachers are committed to students and their learning.

    Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.

    Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.

    Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.

    Teachers are members of learning communities.

    What Are the Standards and Certificate Areas?

    NBPTS developed standards for accomplished teaching in 16 different subject areas with students at various developmental levels. These standards were developed and validated by representative committees comprised of master teachers, disciplinary organizations and other education experts. Many school systems use the standards as the basis for ongoing teacher and school counselor professional development, and many colleges and universities incorporate them into their undergraduate and graduate teacher-education programs.

    Based on these standards, NBPTS offers 25 certificates that are applicable to most teachers in American schools. For more information, see the chart at nbpts.org/certificates.

    The Five Core Propositions http://www.nbpts. org/the_standards/the_five_ core_propositio

    http://www.nbpts.org/the_ standards/standards_by_cert

    Congratulations to the following WCT members for achieving this great accomplishment! All of us at the WCT are extremely proud of you!!!!

    National Board Certified Teachers for 2016
    Patricia Fitzgibbon (RCK) 2016:  Early childhood through young adulthood/exceptional needs.

    National Board Certified Teachers for 2015
    Eileen O'Connell (RCK)-Exceptional Needs Specialist/ Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    National Board Certified Teachers for 2014
    Michael Crocco (JJHS)-Science


    National Board Certified Teachers for 2013
    Katrina Duffy (JJHS) - Math
    Gina Kreso (VWJHS) - Science
    Colette Plassmann (VWJHS) - Science 
    Louise Rose (Myers) - Reading, Language Arts
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    ennifer Soltish (JJHS) - Guidance
    S.D. Turpin-Orgetas - Physical Education

    National Board Certified Teachers for 2012

    Linda Gilmartin - Special Education
    Kerri Rogers - Math
    Jen Cotelino - Math
    Norma Nijjir Chlus
    Mandy Scalzo
    Cheryl Urquhart
    Amy Manfredi
    Brenda Maiolo
    Christine Furnia - English
    Aileen Basuljevic - Librarian
    Barbara Procario - Science
    Jennifer Nevel - Special Education

    National Board Certified Teachers for 2011

    Anne Bogen School Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Michele Bresnahan Generalist/Middle Childhood

    Nicole Caruso English Language Arts/ Early Adolescence

    Karrie Davis School Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Rena Finsmith Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Elisa Kondor World Languages Other than English/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

    Lisa Rutigliano Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    Patricia Seabloom Generalist/Middle Childhood

    Anne Seymour Physical Education/Early and Middle Childhood

    Jennifer Taylor Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

    Christine Zandstra English Language Arts/ Early Adolescence

    They join:

    Virginia White (2005) Generalist/Middle Childhood

    Mary Velez (2010) Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    Anchala Sobrin (2007) Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    Daniel Roberto (2010) Social Studies - History/Early Adolescence

    Tara Pearce (2004) Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Shahna Newton (2009) English Language Arts/Adolescence an d Young Adulthood

    Kimberlee Mahusky (2003) Generalist/Middle Childhood

    Ann Liebergot (2009) Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Catherine Kim (2010) Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    Cassandra Horton (2010) Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

    Diane DeAngelis DiChiara (2003) Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Patricia D'Antono (2010) Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    Therese Coyne (2010) Library Media/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Teresa Brusco (2005) Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Maryellen Bova (2009) English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    Michelle Berry (2003) Generalist/Middle Childhood





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