Certifiable: Teaching, Learning, and National Board Certification

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R&L Education, 2011 - Education - 291 pages
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For anyone who was a candidate for National Board certification or might be a candidate in the future, Certifiable: Teaching, Learning, and National Board Certification is a must-read book. Dr. Lustick (NBCT, 1998 & 2008) explores all aspects of the certification process in an accessible and meaningful style. Lustick uses his own considerable experiences as a science teacher, National Board candidate, National Board assessor, and educational researcher to provide evidence of NBPTS as an opportunity for professional growth. What are teachers learning from National Board certification? Dr. Lustick interviewed more than 140 teachers from 42 states to find an answer. In a report to congress, the National Research Council described Dr. Lustick's work as one of only two studies "that objectively evaluated the impact of [certification] on teachers' practices." Whether a candidate was ultimately identified as accomplished or not, David Lustick's research indicates that certification offers all candidates a chance to improve their practice. This book provides educational stakeholders an important resource for understanding NBPTS as a means to improve teacher quality in an environment of high stakes testing.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART I TEACHING
9
Chapter 1 The Problem with Exceptional Teaching
11
Chapter 2 Five Descriptions of Successful Teaching
27
Chapter 3 The Work of the National Board
49
PART II LEARNING
77
Chapter 4 The Plan to Measure Candidate Learning
79
Chapter 5 Quantitative Evidence for Candidate Learning
107
Chapter 8 Improving National Board Certification
195
Relevancy or Obscurity?
217
References
237
Appendix A Structured Interview Protocols
247
Appendix B Analysis of Population Demographics
259
Appendix C Portfolio Prompts and Interview Protocols Comparison
273
Appendix D Hypothesis Testing
281
Appendix E Coding and Calculation of Status for Precertifiation Candidates
287

Chapter 6 Qualitative Evidence for Observed Learning Outcomes
137
PART III NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION
169
Chapter 7 Implications for Teacher Quality
171
About the Author
291
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About the author (2011)

David Lustick is an assistant professor of science education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Graduate School of Education. In 1998, Dr. Lustick became one of the first National Board certified teachers in secondary science and in 2008 successfully renewed his certification.

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