At last: NBPTS opens the vaults [updated]

Ron Thorpe, President of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announced a long-awaited move by the organization to make available its valuable resources to the educational community.

For two decades, teachers have submitted videos and written reflections of their actual work with students as part of the requirements for National Board Certification. Until now, those examples of highly accomplished teaching have simply languished in storage once that process ended. Now those resources will be made available to help improve the quality of teaching across the nation.

The official announcement notes:

The National Board has launched a new resource called the Video Observation Program for principals and others charged with observing and evaluating teachers. This program currently includes a rapidly growing library of video examples of accomplished teaching practice available through a secure site. Each case includes a 15- to 20-minute video of a National Board Certified Teacher in action, along with… written support materials.

I am thrilled that NBPTS is taking this step to bring some much needed resources to this important area of our professional lives.

UPDATE: Folks have contacted me asking for a link to the program or info about it. There is not one up yet on the NBPTS website. Below is a longer excerpt from the announcement with contact info at the end.

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As part of the National Board Certification process, teachers submit two short videos that  show them working in small- and large-group settings. In addition, the candidates write a  reflective paper that explains what they were trying to achieve in each class, the strategies they devised, how they implemented those strategies, what the evidence of student learning was  and their analysis of what led to those results.

The National Board can provide images of accomplished teaching and reveal how  accomplished teachers think about their work in 16 different content areas and across all  developmental levels. Together, the videos and papers – called “cases” – can be valuable  resources in programs designed to help principals become more effective observers and evaluators.

The Video Observation Program

The National Board has launched a new resource called the Video Observation Program for principals and others charged with observing and evaluating teachers. This program currently includes a rapidly growing library of video examples of accomplished teaching practice available through a secure site. Each case includes a 15- to 20-minute video of a National  Board Certified Teacher in action, along with the previously mentioned written support materials.

This resource can be made available to states, districts and individual schools through a low-cost licensing arrangement. Since there is no one path to effectiveness when it comes to teaching and learning, the National Board can tailor the licensed collections to meet specific needs such as rural or urban, different socio-economic populations, and elementary, middle and high school levels, and even within specific content areas. License holders can use the resource as part of their own training efforts, or may contact the National Board to support the training and delivery of the service.

For more information about the Video Observation Program, contact Stephen Helgeson at shelgeson@nbpts.org or Andrea Hajek at ahajek@nbpts.org.

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