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PHS World Language Instructor Joanne Curley Receives National Certification

Plainville High School world language teacher and instructional leader Joanne Curley has received national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Curley is one of two world language educators in Connecticut to achieve the national certification status in 2006.

According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, national board certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. Certification is a voluntary process achieved through a rigorous, performance based assessment that takes approximately one to three years for completion. The process includes the creation of a portfolio by the teacher featuring student work samples, assignments, analysis of classroom teaching and more.

Curley began the certification process in September of 2005. She has served as a Beginning Educator Support and Training (BEST) Program assessor and trainer for the past three years and as a BEST mentor since 1993. She decided to undertake this process to reflect more deeply on how she teaches, hone her knowledge and expertise of world language teaching methods, improve her teaching skills and more effectively instruct her students. According to Curley, the assessment process involves two activities: (1) the compilation of a portfolio of practice during the course of a school year; and (2) participation in one day of assessment center activities. The portfolio section was divided into four entries 1) Designing Instruction Over Time 2) Building Communicative and Cultural Competence 3) Engaging All Learners and 4) Documented Accomplishments: Contributions to Student Learning. In all, Curley had to submit 42 pages of written commentary, two video recordings of two different classes, seven pages of assessment materials on two different students in the same class and 16 pages of documentation of accomplishments along with 10 pages of description and analysis. At the assessment center Curley completed six 36 minute exercises in oral proficiency in Spanish, interpreting Spanish aural texts, interpreting Spanish written texts, written communication in Spanish, knowledge of language acquisition and knowledge of how language works.

Curley has served as a world language instructor at Plainville High School since 1989. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and German from Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts, a master of arts degree in Spanish from the University of Connecticut, and a sixth year certificate in Administration and Supervision from Central Connecticut State University. In addition, Curley was named Plainville’s Teacher of the Year in 2005 and received the Dancing With Giants award from the superintendent of schools in 1995.

“We are extremely proud of Joanne and this significant accomplishment. She is an exceptional educator and an outstanding role model for both her students and colleagues district-wide,” noted Kathleen Binkowski, superintendent.

Curley will be honored at an official recognition ceremony in June at the Connecticut State Department of Education.

-Posted on January 25, 2007 at 09:34 AM

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