We are pleased to recognize long time NOVA teachers, Janet Hubbard and Eric Fleming, for successfully renewing their National Board certification! In accomplishing this, Janet and Eric were awarded teacher certifications from the National Board for Professional Teaching (www.nbpts.org) effective for the next ten years. The process engages teachers, in deep ways, in a kind of self-study of their teaching practices, and then invites scored evaluation of that reflection. It ensures that teachers reflect in both detailed and conceptual ways on the direct line between their every decision and the learning that students are able to achieve. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with the Five Core Propositions: They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice, participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.
Janet’s certification is EA-ELA Early Adolescence English Language Arts. Eric’s certification is for Early Adolescent through Young Adulthood (EAYA) Art. In reflecting on his recertification process, Eric wrote “The certification process has helped me grow as an educator more than any other experience. The deep examination of my practice, self-reflection, and extremely high expectations set by the National Board made me a better teacher. Most important of all though, the National Board process helped make me the kind of teacher who continually examines my practice with depth, reflects critically, and has extremely high expectations for myself.”
Congratulations to Janet Hubbard and Eric Fleming for this wonderful achievement.