Certification Handbook 2010-2011

“One of the most important factors in a high quality education is the knowledge, experience, and capability of the classroom teacher. There is strong evidence that having a high-quality teacher affects learning and is an important factor in explaining student test score gains (Clotfelter, Ladd, & Vigdor, 2007; Darling-Hammond, 2000; Darling-Hammond & Youngs, 2002; King Rice, 2003; Loeb, 2000; Wayne & Youngs, 2003).”

(2010)MAEC at The George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education Source URL: http://maec.ceee.gwu.edu/access-high-quality-teachers-all-students


Dr. Bradley S. Portin, Director and Professor, Education Program

Welcome to the start of your career as a teacher.

It is often said that “teachers make a difference.” This is more than a nice accolade–it is also supported by evidence. Research indicates that you will be one of most influential factors in whether your students succeed in school.

Students in our schools come with a wide range of learning experiences and learning needs. Meeting these learning needs for each and every student is your task and one that this program will prepare you to undertake. To that end, you are in a program that will challenge you, ask for extraordinary professional commitment, and in return we will invest a great deal to equip you to start your career.

You are entering an honorable and exciting profession and we are pleased to help support you in your journey to certification.

All good wishes,

Bradley Portin
Director and Professor

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