April 13, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - Mount Union College will serve as the site for two orientation sessions designed to acquaint teachers with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The sessions will be offered June 13 from 9 a.m. to noon and August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

The National Board offers teachers the opportunity to show their best teaching practices through a certification process specific to their teaching assignments. To qualify, teachers must have at least three years of teaching experience. They must also be certified/licensed and teaching in the certification area for which they are applying.

The State of Ohio will pay the $2,300 application fee for the first 800 Ohio teachers applying for certification in the 2001-2002 school year. Ohio teachers must attend an orientation session so that they will be knowledgeable of the rigors and requirements for the National Board certification process.

Completion of the certification process may be used for Local Professional Development credit. A $2,500 per year stipend from the State of Ohio will be paid for the life of the ten-year certificate to those who successfully complete the process and gain National Board Certification. Teachers who complete the process but do not gain certification can "bank" their scores, then resubmit portions of their work in a subsequent year.

Those interested in attending the orientation sessions at Mount Union College can register through Dr. Tom Gannon, associate professor of education, or Linda Bigham, administrative assistant, by calling (330) 823-3170.

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