As a school district, we focus intently and constantly on how to help our students – all of our students – learn effectively. What often gets overlooked is the degree to which the adults in our schools are also invested in their own continued learning. Teachers, administrators and support staff actively participate in a myriad of professional development opportunities in an effort to build their knowledge base and refine their skills – all in an effort to more effectively develop the capacity of our students.
One shining example of this is the effort many of our teachers make in becoming “Nationally Board Certified.” National Board Certification is a focused and complex process that involves rigorous learning, deep reflective practice, and application of that learning to their professional practice with students. To attain certification, teachers must pass an assessment related to their specific content and develop three comprehensive portfolios that will be judged by a national panel of their peers and other education related professionals. The process is both extensive and arduous. While there are financial incentives and some limited supports available to teachers interested int he process, it isn’t free or easy!
We are fortunate to have eighteen (18) National Board Certified teachers in our Kelso schools. The three most recently certified are Nicole Keeler (Butler Acres), Kirsta Anderson (Wallace) and Kevin Gustafson (Kelso High School). Congratulations to these three and thank you to all 18 for their commitment to excellence in our profession!