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GREAT PLAINS CENTER FOR NATIONAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION
The Great Plains Center for National Teacher Certification in the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence at Emporia State University offers a program of professional development at no cost for teachers in Kansas going through the NBPTS assessment process. The Center’s program has the support and approval of both the president of NBPTS and the Kansas Board of Regents; in fact, it is the only institute in Kansas that has approval from both. The Center’s program of support consistently achieves a certification rate well above the national average. For the last five years the initial success rates have averaged above 80% compared to the nation’s average of 40%. The Director of the Center, and the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in Kansas who serve as candidate support providers for the program:
National Board Certification, as developed by NBPTS, is a powerful professional development process with the potential to promote systemic change. However, what began in 1987 as a system to identify and reward accomplished teaching practice has developed into a professional development experience that has been described by some as nothing short of transformational. Many teachers, regardless of the certification outcome, consider this performance-based assessment the most powerful professional development experience of their careers.
- National Board Certification for teachers is a voluntary, advanced certification assessment process offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). To receive the NBPTS application, call 1-800-22TEACH or visit their website at www.nbpts.org.
- As of December 2009, the NBPTS website lists 322 Kansas teachers who have achieved National Board Certification. Of these, a minimum of 91% received assistance from the Great Plains Center.
- Kansas (through the State Department of Education) has a Candidate Fee-Subsidy Program for teachers interested in going through the NBPTS assessment process. To inquire about the subsidy program or to receive a candidate subsidy application, call 785-296-2289.