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Five KSTF Fellows Achieve National Board Certification

MOORESTOWN, N.J., Jan. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) today announced that five of its Fellows achieved National Board Certification in the 2013–2014 assessment cycle. Administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), National Board Certification is an advanced credential developed for and by teachers.

Built upon National Board Standards and the Five Core Propositions, National Board Certification requires completion of a stringent, performance-based, peer review process that is much like board certification in the field of medicine. To achieve Board certification, candidates must submit a portfolio of classroom practice that includes samples of student work and video-recorded instruction. Additionally, candidates must successfully complete an assessment of content knowledge.

"KSTF is committed to developing leadership capacity in the teaching profession and supporting teachers to be primary agents of educational improvement," stated Nicole Gillespie, KSTF Executive Director. "Supporting Fellows to pursue National Board Certification is an important piece of our mission."

Designed to support high school science and mathematics teachers from the onset of their careers, the five-year KSTF Teaching Fellows Program provides stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials and opportunities for leadership and mentoring. Additionally, KSTF supports National Board candidates by offering financial assistance and participation in a one-year program that includes one-on-one and group meetings, as well as writing support. Each year, the program is run by a Board-certified Fellow who has completed the NBPTS Candidate Support Provider (CSP) Training Program.

"I achieved tremendous professional growth as I worked towards becoming a Board-certified teacher," commented Alison Espinosa, leader of KSTF's 2013–2014 National Board support group. "The process of mentoring other Fellows on that same journey has proven to be mutually beneficial."

The following KSTF Fellows achieved National Board Certification:

Across the nation, there are more than 110,000 National Board Certified teachers, working in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia. A total of 23 KSTF Fellows have achieved National Board Certification since 2008.

About KSTF

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) was established by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles in 1999 to increase the number of high quality high school science and mathematics teachers and ultimately, improve math and science education in the United States. The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program, the Foundation's signature program, awards exceptional young men and women with five-year, early-career Fellowships, empowering them to become primary agents of educational improvement. For more information, visit www.kstf.org.

CONTACT: Ebony Freeman Knowles Science Teaching Foundation 856.840.8269 ebony.freeman@kstf.org

Source:Knowles Science Teaching Foundation