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Salina USD 305 Teacher, Mary Harmon, Earns Renewal from National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

KSAL Staff - November 15, 2013 3:44 pm

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Mary Harmon, Schilling’s Library Media Specialist, undertook a rigorous teacher evaluation process that resulted in National Board recertification, indicating continued accomplishment and comprehensive professional growth in a variety of areas. Harmon’s certification is in the area of early childhood through young adulthood/library media.

“Mary’s recertification is a symbol of her initiative and commitment to her field,” said William Hall, superintendent. “She is an example of the high quality educators throughout USD 305 schools.”

Participation in the National Board certification can be a powerful professional development experience. The process supports teachers deepening their content knowledge and mastering and reflecting on different approaches to working with students. Candidates are required to complete two major components: a portfolio including (but not limited to) samples of students work and video of teacher instruction, and a test of content knowledge. Typically the process takes an entire school year and 200-400 hours of work outside the classroom. “Mary’s recertification is admirable; the process is difficult and we are proud of her accomplishment,” said Dr. Corbin Witt, executive director of school improvement.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards developed professional standards for accomplished teaching in order to advance the quality of teaching and learning. It is a voluntary certification system for teachers who meet those standards.

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