Falls Teacher Earns National Certification

Karen Richie earned certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which is one of the highest credential available for educators.

A teacher in the Menomonee Falls School District recently earned arguably the highest national teaching credential available.

Karen Richie earned certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Just 100,000 teachers around the nation have earned this level of certification. A total of 79 teachers from Wisconsin earned that honor this year.

Richie teaches special education at Menomonee Falls High School. She earned her certification after a series of assessments including four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge. The entire certification process takes between one and three years to complete.

Wisconsin is among approximately two-thirds of states that provide salary incentives and cover some costs to achieve the advanced credential. State teachers can receive up to $2,000 to reimburse the cost of earning national board certification and nine annual stipends of $2,500 if they remain employed as educators.

“Research shows that when educators go through the required steps to earn national board certification, there is a positive impact on student achievement,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “Educator effectiveness is critical to helping our students succeed, and national board certification is one means to ensure the quality of the teacher in the classroom.”

Jim Kube January 09, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Steve ® - I'm aware of all of these things, my friend. I just don't think (my opinion), that this is the right time and place to pull out one's personal battles regarding politics. The Patch has political blogs for that. Go for it, as I usually enjoy reading the banter you bring to the table. I'm holding to my original statement regarding diplomacy. Please help me out?
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 09, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I agree with both of you, but I'll side more with Jim. I'm sure most teachers signed the recall for fear of being singled out if they didn't; they probably had loads of them floating around the teacher lounges. After all, such is the primal rage of the union. However, if she was found to be more active than simply signing her name, beat her, stone her, fire her for all I care. I grew up respecting and quite frankly, loving my teachers, but never knew a little money could come in between my education and me.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 09, 2013 at 10:45 PM
More like a merit badge.
Steve ® January 10, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I understand what you are saying Jim. I don't forget as easily what these terrorist put this state through. This sounds like an awesome credential and hard work was put in to achieve . But when you make the news, know that there is a guy like myself that will remind those, that want to know, where they stand with their employer.
Jim Kube January 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Steve ® - "This sounds like an awesome credential and hard work was put in to achieve." Thank you so much for being willing to acknowledge this facet of the teacher's achievement. Your understanding is appreciated.


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