Georgia Teacher Center hosts National Board Certification Academy

In an effort to assist candidates in meeting the requirements of national board certification…

Georgia (Oct 26, 2001) — Georgia Teacher Center hosts National Board Certification Academy

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Abstract

In an effort to assist candidates in meeting the requirements of national board certification‚ the Georgia Teacher Center‚ housed at Kennesaw State University‚ is sponsoring two academies‚ one in Tifton and one in Marietta‚ Oct. 26 − 28. The participants for these academies have already been chosen.



Gov. Barnes has set a goal of 1‚000 nationally board certified teachers in Georgia by 2003. Studies have shown that certified teachers are more effective than their non−certified peers in such areas as subject knowledge and lesson planning; and more effective teachers means better performing students. Currently Georgia has only 111 board certified teachers. In support of Barnes' goal‚ teachers achieving certification receive a 10% pay increase and a $2‚000 reimbursement of the $2‚300 cost of taking the certification exam. What teachers haven't received‚ until now‚ is structured mentoring and time to put together the required portfolios. The Georgia Teacher Center Academies provide both.



Prior to the workshops‚ candidates are matched with a facilitator − a teacher who teaches in their grade or subject area and is already board certified. These facilitators meet with their candidates one−on−one throughout the weekend‚ mentoring them through the arduous process of achieving certification.



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Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚000‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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