Minn. teacher certification lags

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2013 - 10:42 PM

Minnetonka bucks the trend by providing support for teachers seeking to meet national standards for their profession.

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educator1Jan. 11, 13 4:21 AM

Compared to something like more money for high quality early childhood education, the National Board seems a low priority for state spending. It's nice for teachers to have this "merit badge" but is this a top priority for state spending? No.

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jojoobooJan. 11, 13 7:47 AM

I agree with the previous poster. My wife is a teacher and she looked at the requirements and (lack of) benefits to this certification program and didn't really understand what it would do for her. If it made her a better teacher she would be all over it but that wasn't clear in what we read. Certification just for the sake of having a credential or some letters after your name is a waste.

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mgtwinsfan1987Jan. 11, 13 7:59 AM

I've been teaching for 42 years. I have always been a really good teacher, and I will continue to be a good teacher for the next 8 years I do to reach my goal of 50 years in the classroom. My kids perform extremely well on their AP tests. The community thinks I am a great teacher. Why would I waste my time jumping through hoops designed to make me what I already am?

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editor25Jan. 11, 13 8:26 AM

What, isn't the five weeks of teaching instruction given to Teach for Awhile teachers enough?

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maninthemoonJan. 11, 1312:25 PM

I am a proud graduate of Minnetonka High School and have National Board Certification. Today, I don't teach. When I relocated, the process for transferring a professional teaching license from another state was being reworked, and I couldn't even apply for a Minnesota license. Given its rigorous, external evaluation of a teacher's instructional practice across multiple dimensions, I would suggest Minnesota consider opening up a pathway for National Board Certified teachers to easily transfer out-of-state licenses.

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bigboytoyzJan. 11, 1312:50 PM

Lagging in this area because it is not needed.

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philawkerJan. 11, 13 4:49 PM

Teachers don't have the time??? I thought all those MEA days for for education and training, not for vacation junkets.

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philawkerJan. 11, 13 4:50 PM

Oops - I forgot about the 3 MONTHS off a year they get for additional time needed - there it is.

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Flash_GordonJan. 11, 13 5:12 PM

I have 40+ years in the classroom. I have earned two masters degrees. I communicate well with my parents and my students seem to enjoy my classes. I have taken a look at National Certification (and doctoral programs) and don't see any benefit. My district would pat me on the head and say nice job but would offer no other recognition. If I am happy, my parents are happy, my students are happy and they are learning, why bother with all of this extra work?

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jantifJan. 11, 13 5:13 PM

I became National Board Certified in 2002 and received excellent support through my district, Minneapolis Public Schools. I attended meetings on most Saturdays throughout the year, received paid time off to work on my portfolio, district media support to video tape lessons and state funds to cover the cost of the process. This process was perhaps the best and most intense staff development I received throughout my teaching career. I continued on as a coach in Minneapolis and statewide for other NBPTS candidates who were going through the process of certification. It is unfortunate that Minneapolis no longer supports this process in this way. It's also interesting that I recently retired and have applied to become a reserve teacher in Minnetonka, where I reside, but since I do not have second language proficiency, I am not being considered. I hope that in the future they will give higher consideration to NBPTS certified reserve teachers. Kudos to Minnetonka for supporting this great process!

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