A reader writes to set the record straight:
|My comments are simply to state facts and correct the misconceptions in the responses.I was a founding member of the National Board in 1987–a classroom special education teacher from Michigan. (Yes, serving with 62 other board members like Deborah Meier, Al Shanker and Mary Futrell but mostly, a majority of teachers) In 1990, I joined the National Board as staff–the first teacher hired by the start up organization. I worked as a Vice President for the organization until 2000 and witness the launch and continual evolution of National Board Certification. In 2010, I was re-elected to the NBPTS board of directors and serve now.
The NBPTS by-laws state the the board is a teacher led board, and I serve with the most amazing NBCTs in this governance role. (I do not serve as a teacher member despite having been a nationally recognized special education teacher at one point.)
Pearson is a contractor to the NBPTS and the National Board manages that contract. Standard revisions are done by committees of a majority of teachers, assessment revisions based on those standards and scoring results are approved by the board of directors–again, a MAJORITY of teachers. This is not done by Pearson. It is done by the National Board.
I just left a two day meeting of a board committee (I was the only non NBCT) and staff meeting (again several NBCTS) talking about how to actualize the priority goal #1 of the new leadership at NBPTS: mobilize NBCTs to ensure their expertise is deployed to benefit every part of the education system to contribute to the urgency of increasing student learning. If there is anything that might feel like a takeover, it is that NBCTs are truly at the core of this organization in focus, governance, management. I couldn’t be prouder.