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Maggie Walker’s Ed Coleman earns National Board Certification

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Ed Coleman, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School English Department faculty, is a member of the 2018 class completing National Board Certification. This is the most advanced professional credential available to American teachers. There are 122,034 national board-certified teachers across all 50 states.

 Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. A voluntary process established by NBPTS, certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes between one and three years to complete. It measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

The process requires an additional 200 to 400 hours of preparation beyond the normal school day. Teachers develop a school-site portfolio including student work samples, video clips of lessons and reflective commentaries about their use of learning strategies.

 Ed joins faculty members Lisa Williams, Lynn Reed, Amy Maxey and Janet Spencer in holding this certification. “Mr. Coleman is an outstanding teacher and a well-respected member of the Maggie Walker community,” said MLWGS Director Dr. Robert Lowerre. “The NBC process is a very challenging and arduous journey of self-reflection and not an easy path to travel.  Ed has demonstrated that being a life-long learner isn’t just a catch phrase.  We are all very proud of his accomplishment and his students will benefit from his experience with the process.”

While only 3% of teachers nationally hold National Board Certification, 12.4% of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School full-time faculty hold this recognition.

Congratulations Mr. Ed Coleman!