Certified teachers aid entire schools, studies say

It takes 400 hours and up to three years to complete, but studies say it’s well worth the effort for a teacher to earn certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Two teachers in Kansas recently received the certification: Deborah Abernathy of Olathe and Arthur Ballos of Wichita. They join some 500 other teachers across the country who received the designation, “the highest professional credential they can earn,” according to a news release.
“This process of board certification is similar to how a doctor becomes certified in a special area,” said Alvin Peters, director of Emporia State University’s program, said. “This is voluntary – no state, school district, or program is demanding them to go through this process.”
ESU's program assists teachers working toward national certification.
Certified teachers benefit their schools and “studies have shown NBCTs improve student learning,” the release said.
For more information, visit Emporia University’s website.

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