The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) -- the independent organization that provides National Board Certification for U.S. teachers -- has announced its participation in the Measures of Effective Teaching project, a national effort to help educators and policymakers identify and support good teaching. As part of its involvement, NBPTS will utilize its widely respected National Board Standards and assessment processes to confidentially evaluate videos of classroom instruction -- one of six types of data being collected by researchers for the project. A $1.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund the NBPTS work.
NBPTS-trained evaluators will score a sample of teacher videos from participating districts and classrooms using the National Board's observational rubrics for English-Language Arts and mathematics instruction.
In addition, with the grant from the Gates Foundation, NBPTS will design and implement a three-year study to evaluate the efficacy of Take One!, a professional development program administered by NBPTS, as a whole-school approach to improve teacher effectiveness in low-performing schools.
Take One! seeks to improve teaching practice by developing learning communities organized around the National Board Standards and linking effective instruction to student learning. The program can be used by any educator as a stand-alone professional development tool or by licensed teachers as an initial step in becoming candidates for National Board Certification.
For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, visit www.nbpts.org.
For more information about the Measures of Effective Teaching project, visit www.gatesfoundation.org.
Source: The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, www.nbpts.org