Crescent Elementary teacher Michelle Flohr earned her professional certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Flohr completed assessments that including portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge. The assessments are reviewed by trained teachers in each certificate area to evaluate the educator’s advanced teaching knowledge, skills, and practices.
A national certification usually takes between one to three years to complete. The certification was recognized by State Superintendent Tony Evers.
Wisconsin provides salary incentives and covers a portion of the 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.