Achieving National Board Certification for School Library Media Specialists: A Study Guide

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American Library Association, 2005 - Education - 179 pages
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To achieve the distinction of National Board Certification, school library media specialists face daunting challenges requiring hard work, teaching knowledge, collaborative skills, organizational ability, and courage. This study guide coaches school library media specialists through exam specifics. Author, librarian, and educator Gail Dickinson has been on the front lines since the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) introduced library media standards in 2000. Her work has helped bring the rigorous certification process into perspective, answer questions, and allay concerns of those going for certification or considering it. Whether used as a workshop guide, for reference or self-study, this accessible guide prepares current candidates (and those in the process) to face the Board assessment experience. It's filled with inspiring examples and advice from people who have been through the process and can cheer you on to success.

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Gail Dickinson is currently an assistant professor at the Darden School of Education at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

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