Monday, May 24, 2010

Ever Think about National Board Certification?

There are many reasons for pursuing National Board certification, but the credential's emphasis on instruction does puts school librarians on par with master classroom teachers in terms of demonstrated efficacy in a time when that has never been more important.

You can log on at 8pm EDT on May 28 to learn more about a range of resources supporting school librarians seeking certification during the May ISTE SIGMS webinar.

Along with fellow National Board Certified Library Media Specialist Cathy Nelson from South Carolina, I will be talking about the process in general, discussing some online and print resources for candidacy, and propose ways you can get started preparing for candidacy over summer break. Cathy has covered all the technical specifications on her awesome blog.

There wasn't a Nationally Board certified library media specialist in my district when I sought certification in 2007-08, so I had to use networks and mentors at a distance to clarify points of the process. I hope the webinar will provide an overview of the portfolio requirements and assessments and demystify what can be a labyrinthine prospect.

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