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Hill renews National Board Certification

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2007

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Pittsboro, NC - Daphne Hill, a third grade teacher at Pittsboro Elementary School, has completed the renewal process for National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) status. Hill was the first National Board Certified Teacher in Chatham County Schools, earning her initial certification in 1996. She was one of the first 100 educators in the state of North Carolina and one of the first 600 educators in the nation to earn the certification.

In the initial years after her certification, Hill organized a group to advise and support Chatham candidates for NBCT. She also mentored many individual candidates through the process of certification. Hill has conducted presentations in other counties and at workshops for candidates and potential candidates. Following Hill's example, other Chatham County teachers who have earned the NBCT status have formed support groups and taught workshops to assist teachers who are going through the National Board process.

The renewal process, called the Profile of Professional Growth, is comprised of three components: 1) submission of responses to prompts related to four activities that have evolved to become the focus of professional growth since certification; 2) application of one of those professional growth activities submitted via a video and accompanying written commentary; and 3) application of a second professional growth experience (from component 1).

The district has more National Board Certified Teachers who are embarking on the process of NBCT renewal. In January the Chatham County Board of Education voted to pay the NBCT renewal fee of any teacher in the district with the agreement that each continues to work for two years in Chatham County Schools.

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