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January 7, 2011
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New NSF Program
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invited Mike Bayer from the Stark County Educational Service Center and Dr. Joe Rochford from SEP to attend the 2011 Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) Community Meeting. The meeting will examine NSF's efforts to support computing education in middle and high schools.

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National Board Certified Teachers Increase in Stark County

NBCT State Ranking 2010

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced last month that 81 Ohio teachers became National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in 2010 giving the state 3,268 in total. National Board Certification [1] is the highest credential in the teaching profession. Two from Stark - Rashmi Chopra from North Canton City Schools and Marianne Schauer of Tuslaw Local Schools - join the county's existing 90 NBCTs.


NBCTs must meet rigorous standards and undergo a ten part peer-reviewed assessment to gain their certification. The voluntary process goes above and beyond state licensing requirements.

Nationally, only about 3% of all teachers are National Board Certified. Stark's growing cadre of NBCTs is significant both in numbers and in light of the county's ongoing efforts to increase student achievement. A Congressionally-mandated study by the National Research Council, Assessing Accomplished Teaching: Advanced- Level Certification Programs [2], found that such certification "...has the potential to make a valuable contribution to efforts to improve teacher quality, together with other reforms intended to create a more effective environment for teaching and learning in schools..."

Stark county now has more NBCTs - 92 total - than the entire states of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and New Hampshire, and is tied with the state of Montana.




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