On Thursday, January 10, 2013, Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING spent the afternoon at an event in recognition of the 154 new National Board Certified teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District, which took place at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Judy Johnson, the foundation’s executive director, was on hand to offer encouraging remarks to the newly certified teachers, applauding them for obtaining the advanced credential and demonstrating excellence in the craft of teaching.
“You tested yourself against a set of national standards for what accomplished teachers know and should be able to do, and you met that test,” remarked Dr. Johnson to the teachers in attendance. “You are now part of the top three percent of teachers who are nationally recognized for exemplary knowledge and skills.”
Other speakers included Ron Thorpe, President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; Dr. Andrew Furedi, Executive Director of the Talent Management Division – LAUSD; Warren Fletcher, President, UTLA; Peggy Taylor Presley, Director Teacher Support – LAUSD; Dr. Scott Mandel, Chairperson NBC Standing Committee, UTLA; and Susie Chow, The Support Network.
Currently there are 1,840 teachers who have certified within LAUSD. Among LAUSD’s Class of 2012 board certified teachers were two first-year ART of TEACHING fellows, Sachiko Miyaji and Pamela Kramer, both from Melrose Elementary. In total, there are 40 current and alumni participants of the ART of TEACHING who hold National Board Certification.
Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING values many of the same practices recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which offers National Board Certification to the very best teachers across the nation who complete a rigorous certification process. By meeting the standards set forth by NBPTS, teachers are demonstrating their dedication to the pursuit of teaching excellence.