Oregon School District teacher receives national board certification

OREGON – Danyel Larsen, a math teacher at Oregon High School was one of a select group of teachers across the United States to receive a renewal certification as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).

Larsen initially received her certification in 2009, becoming the first teacher in the Oregon Community Unit School District and in all of Ogle County to reach that achievement.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards requires teachers to renew every 10 years. According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the renewal process takes 30-40 hours and approximately 9 out of 10 candidates successfully renew their certification. The National Board certification helps teachers demonstrate accomplished teaching and shows them how to become leaders in their schools and communities.

“Renewing my National Board Certification was non-negotiable for me,” Larsen said. “I value accomplished teaching and it was important for me to reflect on how the initial process changed my teaching long-term.”

Last year, Larsen was invited to Chicago to serve as one of the 271 of the most accomplished teachers in the United States to help set the National Board performance standards across 25 certificate areas.

About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (www.nbpts.org):

The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized nationwide, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

About OCUSD 220:

The Oregon Community Unit School District, board and staff are committed to providing the highest learning standards in a safe and welcoming educational environment. OCUSD 220 is located in Ogle County with schools in Oregon and Mt. Morris and has more than 1,500 students enrolled. It is committed to its mission statement to: “Educate students to be life-long learners who are productive, responsible citizens.”

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