As we come to the end of a week’s celebration of National Board Certification, how apt to consider the renewal process. I have already renewed my certification once and look forward to another renewal opportunity in about 5 years.
Why should National Board Certified teachers renew their certification? First, I would ask anyone to explain why they shouldn’t renew! This certification is far more rigorous than at the state level. It’s my hope that all educators and licensing agencies across the country would recognize the NB process as the ultimate professional achievement.
Why renew if you have retired from fulltime teaching? I will renew because I am a lifelong learner and still have room to grow. I owe it to my students, whether I’m teaching part-time or fulltime, to be the best teacher I can be. If I should ever stop teaching, I will continue to share my experiences and support others; current National Board certification both validates and encourages my attempts to give back to the field of education.
This week’s reflection on National Board certification has helped me better appreciate the countless hours that others have poured into this endeavor. To those with the vision, the determination, and the willingness to score all these portfolios- thank you for advancing our awesome profession!