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"Teaching is about learning, some days I learn a whole lot more than I teach."

I first hear about NBPTS
Applying in Idaho
Orientation at the U of I
The "box" arrives
Why do this to yourself?
Do's and Don'ts
The projects/portfolio
My students are in it too
My fellow coworkers
Prepping for the tests
Education/Misc. Links
Resources and Help Center  E-mail address




Praise the Lord and pass the hanky...

          Idaho has one of the highest success rates in the nation  for teachers attaining National Certification.  This could be because Idaho's teachers are smarter, more professional, better trained, or it could be the result of the support and assistance provided by the facilitators funded through the Albertson's Foundation.  In any case, the support begins with the application process and the selection criteria and then continues with an orientation, required graduate level classes, and facilitators to support the candidate. 

                  Our first meeting was May 1 in Moscow, Idaho.  We were invited to a reception for applicants which lasted an afternoon.  We met the other teachers in North Idaho (approximately 50)  who had applied,  we were given opportunities to ask questions, and we met our future facilitators.  We broke into our respective areas of certification and had the opportunity to discuss some of the background requirements that contribute to successful National Certification.  All in all the orientation served as one more opportunity to impress upon the applicants the extensive commitment that National Certification requires, both in time and in energy.

                        A week later  (May 8th) we were notified whether we had been accepted for a scholarship. I was selected as was another teacher in my building.   A letter came announcing the Albertson's scholarship  and reminding us that  a formal "orientation" was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, May 22. 

                        The formal orientation went off without a hitch.  We ate lunch and then met in a classroom at the University of Idaho.  During the afternoon we filled out paperwork, covered some time management concepts, discussed some of the criteria that would make the coming year a little more organized and less hectic.  Much of the talk was about the "box" which we were told would arrive sometime in June. 

                        The "box" is the collection of project assignments that must be completed by the coming spring, 2000.  Anticipation was running at a high level.  Folks began discussing which of the projects they could actually start before the new school year begins in August/September.  Me??   I decided to put together a web page documenting my success or failure in this whole 'shebang'.


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  The comments expressed on this site are my personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of  the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  All rights reserved by William C. Dean.  July 1999.