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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Standards for Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Susan R. Easterbrooks, Jacksonville State University & David Mandel, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Founded in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has embarked upon a mission to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The NBPTS is in the process of establishing a voluntary system of national certification and has already certified it first cohort of teachers in regular education. The Board constituted a committee in 1994 to develop standards for teachers of students with exceptional needs. Within that umbrella, a process for awarding national certification to teachers of children who are deaf/hard of hearing has been initiated. The first draft has been completed and is scheduled for dissemination for field review in the near future. The purpose of this discussion group was to present the actions of the committee so far, to present the document in its existing state, and to request feedback for modification to the document. The outline of the document is the following:

Preparing for Student Learning
I. Knowledge of Students
II. Knowledge of Special Education
III. Knowledge of Subject Matter
Advancing Student Learning
IV. Assessment
V. Meaningful Learning
VI. Multiple Paths to Knowledge
VII. Social Development
Supporting Student Learning
VIII. Learning Environment
IX. Instructional Resources
X. Family Partnerships
Professional Development and Outreach
XI. Reflective Practice
XII. Contributing to the Profession and to Education