... an advanced teaching credential...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...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.
from NBPTS.orgStrengthens practice. Research shows candidates demonstrate significant improvement in their teaching practice. Teachers who achieve certification have been assessed against the nation’s highest advanced teaching standards.Helps students succeed. Research, including the 2008 Congressionally-mandated National Research Council report, documents that students taught by NBCTs make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by non-NBCTs.
...and aside from Henry Jaden and William Leo, I have never wanted anything more. Yet today I will gather my notes, my USB drive, my binders and let go of the dream. Forever. With a candidacy fee of several thousand dollars, I will not be able to return to this endeavor.
In reality, as a single parent, I never really had a chance. It was over before I downloaded the first set of portfolio instructions. I was stubborn, dug in my heels and began planning and writing drafts. With each discouraging word from supervisors and coworkers, I strengthened my commitment. I believed in myself. The portfolio process was invigorating. My brain felt alive for the first time in years. Sadly, the more involved my mind and hands became, the more my heart knew it wouldn't be possible to continue.
I do not have the behind-the-scenes help that other parents have. What I do have is two wonderful boys that must be picked up by 4:45 pm everyday. Two boys that need to eat healthy meals, play board games, do puzzles and listen to Red Fish, Blue Fish every night. They need clean dishes, clean clothes and and good clean fun. Henry and Liam don't care if I'm certified or certifiable. All they care about is whether I sit next to them on the sofa, hold their hands during a thunderstorm and bring them chocolate milk.
It's time. I have to let go of a dream so that my sons can hold on to their childhood.