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Teacher Training Boosts South Dakota Kids' Learning

Research shows that students who have national board certified teachers in the classroom make higher academic gains. (libellule789/Pixabay)
Research shows that students who have national board certified teachers in the classroom make higher academic gains. (libellule789/Pixabay)
July 22, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Decades after school days have ended, adults remember their best teachers, and research shows teachers who complete advanced training become even better educators.

South Dakota teachers who want to get that advanced training to influence future generations are meeting this week for seminars to help prepare them for National Board Certification.

Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota Education Association, says the second annual Jump Start event will acquaint teachers with the rigorous process of becoming a National Board Certification teacher.

"There are 25 different areas of certification, and I think that's why Jump Start is so important, because you dive into exactly what it is that you're going to be pursuing," she states.

McCorkle says research shows students who have national board certified teachers in the classroom gain two months of education and skills.

The comprehensive learning sessions for teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, begin Monday at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Oacoma.

Rich Mittelstedt, the teaching and learning coordinator for SDEA, says becoming nationally certified is voluntary, but it can help teachers develop their craft and enhance what they're already doing in the classroom.

"Students learn faster and achieve more in classrooms run by teachers who have National Board Certification," he states.

South Dakota is one of about 20 states that gives incentives for teachers to become nationally certified, offering financial reimbursement upon completion of the program.

McCorkle says schools take great pride in having teachers who achieve the milestone.

"It lifts up teaching, it lifts up reflective practice, and it says to colleagues that this is a teacher leader," she states.

National Board Certification was designed to "develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide."

More information on South Dakota's Jump Start event is online at sdea.org.

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Roz Brown, Public News Service - SD