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Congratulations are in order!  We are excited to recognize CPS teachers, teacher-librarians, and counselors for their achievement of NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION! On December 16th, 2017, 66 candidates learned they had joined more than 2,200 other National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) actively serving in the Chicago Public Schools.* In addition, this year 87 of our NBCTs renewed their certification.  This makes CPS the school district with the third highest number of NBCTs in the country – truly a milestone!

Now in its 20th year, Nurturing Teacher Leadership (NTL), the CPS/CTU partnership program that supports district teachers, counselors, and teacher-librarians in pursuing National Board Certification, happily celebrates the achievement of these new NBCTs.  The Quest Center, with its 94% National Board Certification achievement rate, is proud to provide the professional development and candidate support programming for CPS’ National Board Certification candidates.

As Peggy Brookins, NBCT and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) says, “These teachers have proven that they teach to the highest standards…and they have put in the work to show their commitment to their practice and to their students.”

CTU President Karen Lewis, herself an NBCT, congratulates our new NBCTs, “It continues to be good for CPS to grow this professional group of educators, who have met the most rigorous standards of accomplished practice. The best part is how much our students benefit from teachers who have earned the highest credential an educator can attain.”

An increasing body of research shows that National Board Certified Teachers are more likely to improve academic outcomes for students – up to one and a half months of additional learning in a year – as well as advance their careers. President Lewis added that, “Experiencing the process of becoming an NBCT also helps teachers master the REACH Framework” as they are observed and present and defend student achievement in their classrooms.

This year’s new NBCTs are the first to certify under a redesigned assessment system. It is organized around four key components: three classroom-based portfolio entries and a set of computer-based written Assessment Center exams of content area knowledge. Teachers, counselors and teacher librarians who enroll in the NTL program receive a full scholarship for the NBPTS application fee and for the program’s two-year process, in which candidates demonstrate how they tailor instruction to drive individual academic gains, submit videos of classroom teaching with analysis of their practice and reflections on what went well and what didn’t, and provide examples of ways they’ve used data and school and community resources to improve outcomes for their students. They examine their learning environment and instructional practices to determine and highlight the best ways in which they address student needs. The CPS REACH teacher evaluation system aligns to the four components of National Board Certification.

As Brookins said, “National Board Certification is about helping teachers become great, it is about elevating the teaching profession, and it is about helping children achieve at a higher rate. The certification process impacts teaching and learning well beyond an individual teacher’s classroom.”

The rewards of this predominantly performance-based process also reflect this impact beyond the classroom. CPS NBCTs are the first to be considered for leadership and advocacy opportunities at the district, union, university, and state level, such as Framework Specialists, Consulting Teachers, ISBE licensure board membership, mentoring of new teachers, adjunct professorships, and more.

Financial rewards for CPS NBCTs include a $1960+ annual stipend. As they go through the process, candidates can earn graduate credit (leading to an optional master’s degree) as well as CPS Lane Placement credit, enabling them to advance on the CPS salary schedule.

We invite you to join this challenging process. Nurturing Teacher Leadership, with its 94% achievement rate, is now recruiting candidates for the 2018-20 certification cycle. Please go to the CTUF.org/QuestCenter/NTL website  for further information about National Board Certification and to https://www.ctuf.org/ntl-informational-meeting/ to register for the meeting. You can also email us at NationalBoard@ctuf.org, or call Lynn Cherkasky-Davis at 312-329-6274.

*New CPS NBCTs (as of Dec. 16, 2017)

First Name

Last Name

Certification: Certification Name

1

Mayra Almaraz Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

2

Eduardo Amezqueta-Martinez World Languages/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

3

Jessica Baker Music/Early and Middle Childhood

4

Stacy Barrett English Language Arts/Early Adolescence

5

Regina Beach Art/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

6

Amanda Becker Generalist/Early Childhood

7

Eurydice Bevly Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood – Young Adulthood

8

Julie Bulfer Physical Education/Early and Middle Childhood

9

Molly Callaghan Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood – Young Adulthood

10

Katherine Cantwell Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood – Young Adulthood

11

Jessica Coonley Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

12

Alejandra De La Pena Generalist/Early Childhood

13

Kathryn DiCianni Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood – Young Adulthood

14

Laura Dobroski Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

15

Cynthia Domine English Language Arts/Early Adolescence

16

Ryan Dooley English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

17

Heather Duncan Generalist/Early Childhood

18

Amy Ellifritz Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood – Young Adulthood

19

Byron Espinoza Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

20

Nicole Ferrin Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood – Young Adulthood

21

Monicadejesus Fuentes Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

22

Stuart Fuess Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

23

Julie Gaster English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

24

Elizabeth Joe-Recinto Exceptional Needs Specialist

25

Geoffrey Hiron Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

26

Erik Hull Mathematics/Early Adolescence

27

Mona Iehl Generalist/Early Childhood

28

Jennifer Jilek Social Studies-History/Early Adolescence

29

Benjamin Johnson Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

30

Joanne Klonowski Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

31

Erica Loftus Generalist/Middle Childhood

32

Amalia Lopez World Languages/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

33

Adam Loredo English Language Arts/Early Adolescence

34

Kathleen Madden Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood – Young Adulthood

35

Kathleen Mahoney Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

36

Cynthia McCullough School Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

37

Jennifer McQuade Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

38

Luke McShane Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

39

Meghan Murphy Generalist/Middle Childhood

40

Barbara Newton English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

41

Adam Norman English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

42

Courtney O’Connell Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

43

Jimini Ofori-Amoah Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

44

Christina O’Leary Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

45

Kathy O’Shea Generalist/Early Childhood

46

Jala Phillips Generalist/Early Childhood

47

Travis Pierce-Ryan Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

48

Debra Prouty Daniels Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood – Young Adulthood

49

Nathan Ramin Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

50

Katie-jo Ramirez English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

51

Samuel Rasch English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

52

Jennifer Rocque Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood – Young Adulthood

53

Dawn Sakanis Science/Early Adolescence

54

Sergio Santillan English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

55

Cristina Sicora Social Studies-History/Early Adolescence

56

Mark Sidarous Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

57

David Stieber Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

58

John Sullivan Generalist/Middle Childhood

59

Margaret Taylor Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

60

Monique Thorpe Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

61

Peter Van Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

62

Kimberly Walls Science/Early Adolescence

63

Adrienne Wilson Social Studies-History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

64

Paula Wyatt Generalist/Middle Childhood

65

Christopher Zbasnik Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

66

Sara Zoldan Art/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood