For example, Ms. Lewis and Ms. Webber have been certified in Early Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading and Language Arts. They were certified only after showing evidence of successful teaching in reading, writing, listening and speaking. They were also required to demonstrate the ability to institute a good learning environment, use instructional resources effectively, make good instructional decisions and assess accurately. They proved their competency in these standards by submitting videos of their classroom instruction, by writing and by researching effective education strategies.
Ms. Lewis and Ms. Webber have joined a select group. Washington is among the top ten states in the number of board certified teachers, and last year there were only 2,716 such teachers in our state.