Brooke Adrian, who will be teaching sixth grade at Nimitz Middle School in the fall, is one of more than 90 ISD instructors in Ector County who take advantage of the National Council certification offered by the district and the Permian Strategic Partnership.
Issued by the National Council for Professional Education Standards, it takes one to three years to achieve this. This means more money for teachers, but also better results for students.
In December 2020, the Permian Strategic Partnership invested several million dollars in ECIDD teachers in partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The partnership allows 300 teachers from ECIDD to go through the process to become a certified teacher by the National Council, âMuri said in a previous US article from Odessa.
âThese funds will allow us to provide coaching and mentoring as well as all the support our teachers need to get through this process. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has existed for many years in the United States. They were developed in the late 1980s and started certifying teachers in the early 1990s, âMuri said.
He said that ECIDD does not yet have teachers certified by the National Council. Muri was certified in the 90s. In Texas there are approximately 950 teachers certified by the National Board and approximately 150,000 nationwide.
At the end of the day, Adrian said it was student growth, how much you wanted your students to develop, hone your skills and hone your craft. She added that teachers who have achieved national certification can help not only students, but also their colleagues.
Adrian has been in teaching for six years, but there was a teacher in her. She used to play at school with her father and create worksheets. She said teaching is fun and rewarding.
She had previously worked in banking and taught in Florida. She moved to Odessa after Google searched for the best teacher salaries.
When Muri announced the possibility of obtaining national certification, Adrian jumped at the chance.
Executive Director of Talent Development Ashley Osborne said in an email that once certified there is an additional financial incentive. The state of Texas recognizes teachers with their National Board certification through the award of teacher incentives. Any teacher with a National Board certification will also receive a recognized designation on their Texas Educator Certificate. With the Recognized designation, teachers will earn an additional $ 3,000 to $ 9,000 each year.
âIt’s a great program and I don’t think it’s that famous here,â said Adrian. âNow it’s becoming more and more the case, but I think the difference is that ECIDD has such a vision for the future of students and they have so many opportunities. But teachers need to understand the importance and value of these things, especially teachers who love to teach and want to be the best at who they are. That’s what (national certification) is because there are only a handful of teachers who are certified (nationally), âAdrian said.
She added that it is the same gold standard as a nationally certified doctor or lawyer.
ââ¦ So the upside, I mean sure there’s the money, but again you’re at the top. There is nothing of a superior man. It is the gold standard. It is the highest honor a teacher can obtain. Many districts often have an allocation as high as a doctorate. So when you think about it, it’s for the teachers that not only are you helping your students and helping your district, but ECIDD is providing this opportunity and actually paying for it, which is absolutely phenomenal … Adrian mentioned.
Osborne said the partnership with the National Council provides ECIDD teachers with many benefits.
âThey will benefit from targeted and personalized support from a mentor and a facilitator. In addition, we will create cohorts of people on campus so that teachers have the support and networking of their colleagues. Additionally, four component submissions are required to achieve certification. Each component quote is $ 475 for a total of $ 1,900. This cost is covered by the Permian Strategic Partnership grant. Perhaps one of the best benefits for teachers is the professional learning experience they receive. They really become thoughtful practitioners through this process and grow tremendously in their craft, âOsborne said in an email.
Adrian noted that there is a lot of writing involved.
âWe did two parts this year. And then next year, two parts also so four parts in total. The submission is summer, then next year will be the other two components, âshe added.
Osborne said that ECIDD has approximately 2,000 teachers among its 4,200 staff.
âWe believe that over 90 interested people at this point are a great start and expect us to get closer to implementation and have more,â she wrote.
âWhen schools implement a cohort model, it means they will integrate the national board certification process into the culture of the campus. The materials will be designed to facilitate not only individual teachers, but the group as a whole. Time may even be periodically taken out of the school day to be devoted to the certification process, ânoted Osborne.
An information session was held recently and there will be one in July to get people thinking about pursuing certification.
âI’m working with the folks at the National Council to organize two networking events in the fall for teachers,â Osborne said.
She added that ECIDD will continue to support teachers in pursuing national board certification, as this is part of the district’s strategic plan, The Future is Now.