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Models of Teaching

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Models of Teaching

In 1987, the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) became the first and only organization in the country committed to developing a set of national standards for teachers, recognizing those teachers who meet the standards through National Board Certification. These standards for excellence in teaching are the building blocks for UNC-TV’s new education series, Models of Teaching. Designed to celebrate teachers’ dedication, creativity, knowledge and commitment in the classroom, as well as to inspire professional development, the series content supports two convictions: teachers are the foundation of our system of education, and excellence in education requires excellence in teaching.

The series premiere program, No Greater Calling, targeted a general audience and was followed by a three-part professional development video designed for new and seasoned teachers and principals. No Greater Calling provides a broader viewpoint of the education process focusing on why these models of teaching are important for the education of America's students. The one-hour program features profiles of six outstanding teachers modeling the best practices in the teaching profession. Through these profiles, the general audience will gain the understanding of why professional development, high standards, and the use of “best practices” are important to teachers and to our system of public education.

The three professional development programs that followed No Greater Calling focus more thoroughly on how the Models of Teaching series can help teachers. These 30-minute programs explain and demonstrate teacher professional development skills and techniques based on the established and widely accepted Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards, National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ILLSC) standards.

The first instructional program targets aspiring teachers and reveals how national standards of teaching provide guidance and support for our nation’s new educators. The journey to developing into an accomplished teacher, based on national core principles, is examined in the second program, while the third program shows how teacher and school leaders are cultivated and enriched by specific standards.

Models of Teaching is a partnership between UNC-TV, the National Humanities Center, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Kenan Best Practices Center, part of the UNC Center for School Leadership Development. The goal of the alliance is to focus attention on improving education and teacher quality through national certification. Models of Teaching is funded by a generous grant from the Kenan Charitable Trust.