National Board Certification
Superintendent Brian Talbott (left)
and Mr. Heath Anyan (right).At the April school board meeting Lake Spokane Elementary fourth grade teacher Heath Anyan was honored for earning his National Board Certification. The certification process is a lengthy (up to three years) self evaluation to improve teaching, which improves student learning. Teachers must submit a portfolio and complete standards-based performance assessments that are then scored by at least 12 highly trained teachers.Superintendent Brian Talbott shared with the School Board Directors that Nine Mile Falls School District now boasts fourteen National Board Certified teachers, which is about fifteen percent of our teaching staff. National Board Certification is the mark of professional excellence in teaching.
Formed in 1987 as the profession’s platform for setting standards for accomplished practice, and to identify outstanding teachers, the independent, nonprofit National Board has developed the nation’s highest teaching standards, which lead to improved teaching, leading, and learning. While state teacher credentialing programs set the basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certification is the profession’s representation of what it means for teachers to demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills and practices.Superintendent Talbott and the Board thanked Mr. Anyan for his dedication to our students and to the District.