District 51 adds to ranks of teachers certified by national board
Bookcliff Middle School teacher Dori Harrison is the sole District 51 teacher to earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards this year.
Forty-seven teachers who taught in the district when they earned certification, which lasts 10 years before renewal is needed, have active board certification at this time. Certification is a credential that complements a teaching license.
District 51 has the sixth-highest count among Colorado school districts for teachers who are National Board-certified, trailing Boulder Valley (154 board certified teachers), Denver Public Schools (131), Cherry Creek (116), Colorado Springs 11 (52), and Douglas County (50).
No new certifications were recorded this year in other Mesa County school districts or in Delta, Montrose or Garfield County-based school districts. Among those districts, only one, Ridgway, has a board certified teacher.
Harrison is one of 75 teachers who earned certification statewide this year. Colorado has the nation’s 23rd-highest count of National Board-certified teachers, with 837 teachers having active certification.
National Board-certified teachers have to submit a portfolio and take an assessment with six essays to earn the certification and are graded by certified teachers. Teachers must demonstrate knowledge in their subjects and submit evidence that they are good at teaching that subject matter and managing student progress.