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Lipson First to Earn National Certification

Lipson First to Earn National Certification 2/16/01 Poly High School teacher Janet Lipson is the first teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District to win her teaching wings. She is one of only 4,694 teachers nationwide in 1999-2000 to earn the highest professional credential in teaching, National Board Certification. "While this doesn't mean I am the best teacher in the district, it certainly makes me a better teacher for having gone through the process" said Lipson, daughter of two LBUSD teachers and an energetic economics, government and civil and criminal law teacher. She sets high standards for herself and her students. National Board Certification, a voluntary process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes nearly a year to complete. Through the assessment process, teachers document their subject matter knowledge; provide evidence that they know how to teach their subjects to students most effectively; and demonstrate their ability to manage and measure student learning. During the 2000 bargaining session, the district and TALB agreed to support teachers who are interested in applying for National Board Certification by offering pre-candidacy and candidacy support programs, payment of application fees ($2,500) and a 10 percent salary increase for teachers who obtain the certification. For more information about National Board Certification, contact Lisa Isbell at ext. 8355.