Earlier this week I got an email from a Butler High teacher worried about losing North Carolina's pay supplement for teachers who earn National Board Certification. Last summer's session brought unpleasant surprises for teachers, including the elimination of extra pay for master's degrees and the phase-out of tenure. With changes to teacher compensation a near certainty for the 2014 session, she wondered if anyone was eyeing the National Board pay as a pool to tap.
|Jennifer Lunsford at Rocky River|
Morrison said he and leaders of other N.C. school districts would resist any move to cut the supplement.
"It is a way to show the commitment to quality teachers in our state," he said. "It's working really well the way it is now."
Jennifer Lunsford, a math teacher at Rocky River, talked about the work she did to earn her certification. She had to video and critique her own work in the classroom, analyze her lessons and provide evidence of her impact on student learning. She fell short the first time, then worked with advisers to improve her skills and try again.
"The process helped me become more honest with myself," she said. "It's hard to deny what you see on the camera."
Morrison noted that his wife has twice earned the certification (no, she doesn't work for CMS). The work load is staggering, comparable to earning an advanced degree, Morrison said. "It's like the best professional development," he said. "It makes you look in the mirror and say, 'How do I improve my craft?' "
CMS hasn't yet analyzed whether board-certified teachers rated higher than others on new state value-added ratings, which crunch student test scores to determine how much teachers contributed to their gains.