HSTA members among 4,000 teachers to achieve National Board Certification

Public school teachers who obtained the National Board Certification teaching credential this year:

» Lisa Belen, Aliamanu Elementary
» Julie Bonilla, Holomua Elementary
» Donna Campbell, Kaewai Elementary
» Felisa Ednie, Aliamanu Elementary
» Lance Fujioka, Mililani-Uka Elementary
» Laurie Ishida, Makalapa Elementary
» Sara Kinyon, Kaelepulu Elementary
» Mahealani Kiyan, Nanaikapono Elementary
» Andrea Kubo-Nakasone, Mililani Waena Elementary
» Kristin Lindquist, Waianae High
» Kaiewa Muranaka, Mililani High
» Shareen Murayama, Kaiser High
» Alicia Nakamitsu, Aiea High
» Joy Okano, Moanalua High
» Kelly Sceppe, Makaha Elementary
» Julia Segawa, Stevenson Middle
» Sherry Takenishi, Kaahumanu Elementary

» Whitney Aragaki, Waiakea High
» Joel Behr, Pahoa High & Intermediate
» William Keith Blackburn, Pahoa High & Intermediate
» Lacey Cabral, Keaau High
» Gabrielle Chong, Keaau High
» Victoria Couture, Kealakehe Intermediate
» Shannon Harbaugh, Pahoa High & Intermediate
» Nancy Iaukea, Pahoa High & Intermediate
» Shari Jumalon, Konawaena Middle
» Elizabeth Laliberte, Hilo High
» Daniel Lewer, Honokaa High & Intermediate
» Robin Miller, Prince Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate
» Kahanu Nguyen, Prince Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate
» Megan Oberg, Mountain View Elementary
» Michelle Obregon, Konawaena High
» Layne Takahashi, Waiakea High
» Rochelle Tamiya, Hilo Intermediate
» Kathy Tsugawa, Prince Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate

» Julia De George, Molokai High
» George Helfenstine, Iao Intermediate
» Abby Markulis, King Kamehameha III Elementary
» Jessica Mathias, Kamalii Elementary
» Nathanial Mickelson, Maui High
» Bryan Molina, Lokelani Intermediate
» Amanda Shim, Kula Elementary
» Muriel Warne, Pukalani Elementary

» Shelly Cassler, Koloa Elementary
» Michelle Jenkins, Kapaa Elementary
» Adam Yund, Kapaa Elementary

HSTA members among 4,000 teachers to achieve National Board Certification

Profession’s Mark of Accomplished Teaching

Results Follow National Poll Showing Broad Public Demand for Certification  

In 2013-14, more than 4,000 teachers nationwide achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer-review process similar to Board certification in medicine. To date, more than 110,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching, based on standards—created by teachers, for teachers—that define what teachers should know and be able to do to advance student learning.

The results come on the heels of a nationwide poll released in September by PDK International and Gallup that showed that more than 80 percent of Americans agree that teachers should achieve Board certification, beyond being licensed to practice. In addition, 70 percent of respondents agreed that “new teachers should spend at least a year practicing under the guidance of a certified teacher before assuming responsibility for their own classrooms.”

“The public clearly sees the value in Board certification as an assurance that teachers have met the profession’s highest standards and have the knowledge and skills necessary to advance student learning,” said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board. “Still, we have a long way to go to make Board certification the norm and the expectation in the profession. Today, only a small fraction of America’s teachers are Board certified. We owe it to our students and our future to make them a majority—and to build the coherent trajectory that supports every teacher to reach accomplished practice.”

Board-certified teachers, known as NBCTs, are leading both in and outside of the classroom. A recent survey of NBCTs showed that 54 percent have served or are currently working as team leaders, 36 percent as department chairs and 15 percent as staff developers or instructional coaches. Forty-three percent of NBCTs have led efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards in their schools, districts and states, while the same percentage have been involved in leading the implementation of teacher evaluation systems through peer review or observation. More than three out of four NBCTs have led professional development efforts in their schools. In higher education, 234 NBCTs are serving as full-time faculty and 2,251 have served or are serving as adjunct faculty. On the state level, 116 are serving on a board of education.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said: ““The medical profession has, over time, developed a strong professional continuum from initial training through advanced practice and board certification. We have an opportunity today in education to take a page from medicine and to build up the teaching profession, giving teachers the rigorous preparation and support they need and the respect they deserve. Board certification plays an important role in this process by setting the standard for advanced practice in teaching.”

Wil Okabe, NBCT Ceremony 2014

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, saluted the new NBCTs:

“National Board Certification is one of many pathways for teachers to be recognized as accomplished practitioners in their profession. It’s so much more than a certificate that hangs on a wall or an acronym after a teacher’s name. It’s a challenging process that allows good teachers to reflect on their practices—what works and what they can improve upon. We salute our members who have invested themselves in this rigorous process and are excited about what it means for the students they serve.”

Washington State gained the most NBCTs with 946 teachers achieving in 2014, with 14 percent of the statewide teaching workforce now Board certified. States that experienced the largest growth in their ranks of NBCTs were Wyoming (16 percent), Washington (13 percent) and Hawaii (12 percent). North Carolina continues to lead the nation with 20,611 teachers in the state achieving Board certification to date. Each of these states benefits from strong systems of peer support and mentoring for candidates, state and district incentives for certification, and recognition of the importance of Board certification from union leaders to state legislators.

The vision of making Board certification the norm for teachers is gaining ground across the country. Groups representing teachers and administrators in Arizona, Kentucky, New York, and Washington State, as well as in the San Francisco and Albuquerque school districts, are partnering with each other and the National Board to dramatically boost their ranks of Board-certified teachers and match them to instructional leadership roles in high-need schools. Similar efforts are underway in states and districts from Maine to Mississippi, New Mexico to Wyoming, often led by networks of NBCTs that recruit and support candidates for certification and advocate on behalf of effective education policy that benefits students.

National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas from Pre-K−12th grades. Research has shown that the students of NBCTs learn more than their peers in other classrooms, which is why many states and districts offer incentives for teachers to pursue Board certification.


About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (http://www.nbpts.org):
The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

Find out more about a NBCT Scholarship for teachers in Hawaii:

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A National Board Certification Scholarship is available to Hawaii educators now.  The ideal applicant should meet one or more of the following (1) a Native Hawaiian educator and/or (2) teaching in a school with a high percentage of Native Hawaiian students and/or (3) has completed candidate preparation coursework.  Special consideration will be given to previous awardees completing retakes and new candidates seeking certification beginning in 2014-2015.

Read About Scholarship By Clicking HERE » (pdf)

Your are invited to find out more about National Board Certification:

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National Board Certification is a voluntary credential. The certification process, which can take one to five years, involves a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process requiring candidates to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for 21st-century success.

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New Hawaii group for Board Certified teachers

A statewide network for National Board Certified Teachers, candidates, and supporters of the National Board is a new opportunity for teachers. 

All NBCTs are invited to join the NBPTS Network Affiliate, called “HSTA NBCTs.”  This organization will be a venue for teachers to connect with Association leadership opportunities, professional development events, research, politics, and advocacy for National Board Certification.

The mission of the group is:
To advance the quality of teaching and learning by supporting a collaborative network of NBCTs, candidates and other professionals, to connect network participants with teacher leadership opportunities, and to promote the sharing of ideas and expertise within our network, HSTA and HTSB.

Please join us by completing a membership form at: http://tinyurl.com/kjk6gob
We are also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hsta.nbcts