Chelsie Campbell earns prestigious title of National Board Certified
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[February 08, 2014]
Chelsie Campbell, a Lincoln
resident who teaches at Evans Junior High School in Bloomington Unit
5, has earned the highest credential available to American educators
by recently becoming a National Board Certified Teacher through the
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, or NBPTS.
Campbell graduated from LCHS in 1999, attended Lincoln College and
received her Bachelorís in Special Education from Illinois
State University in 2004, and a Masterís in Special Education from
ISU in 2013. She currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and two
This certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based
assessment of a teacher's pedagogical skills and content knowledge.
The process takes one to three years to complete.
While state licensing systems set the basic requirements to teach
in each state, National Board Certified Teachers have demonstrated
advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. NBPTS
certification identifies qualified teachers as leaders in their
field, much like the certifications earned by experts in law and
medicine. Completion of this certification process signifies that
the teachers have developed and demonstrated the skills required of
a true education professional.
"As the nation focuses on building the strongest possible
teaching workforce, National Board certification is the gold
standard in affirming excellence in the classroom," said Ron Thorpe,
NBPTS president and CEO. "These highly qualified teachers are true
'nation builders,' and are the educators who are best positioned to
lead the ground-up movement our schools need to reach their
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A recent comprehensive study by the nonpartisan National Research
Council found that students taught by board-certified teachers make
higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by other
teachers. In fact, improved student learning and achievement are two
key benefits of the programs and services provided through the
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
NBPTS is also having an effect on education nationwide through
additional professional development programs for school leaders,
research and development on education policy and practices, and
through strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations that
are also seeking to improve America's schools.
Teachers with the National Board Certified Teacher credential
embody what parents want for their kids, and these accomplished
educators are well positioned to make a difference in their schools
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[Text from National Board for
Professional Teaching Standards news release]