Dec 2, 2013
By Colleen Kiphart
Renée A. Middleton, dean of Ohio University's Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Her term is for four years.
NBPTS is a nationally renowned, independent, nonprofit formed in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning. In 1989, the NBPTS published "What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do," a document that articulated the BPTS' Five Core Propositions for Teaching. The Five Core Propositions represent what all accomplished teachers share in their expertise and dedication to advance student achievement. The organization develops professional standards for accomplished teaching, creates a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrates board-certified teachers into educational reform efforts.
"I have spent my entire 30 year career in service to colleges of education," said Middleton. "Working in an environment like that, you have a view on the 'big picture' in the profession of teaching, of the connections between seemingly disparate fields. NBPTS breaks down barriers between educators, and I am proud to serve on their Board."
Dean Middleton's participation in the NBPTS Board of Directors further continues The Patton College's long history of advocacy in the field of education.
"The NBPTS has a rich history and reputation of being on the forefront of building coalitions of support for quality teaching and learning. It is known for approaching teacher education rigor, but also with passion and creativity," said Middleton. "I cannot wait to get to work and add my voice to that of my qualified and exceptional colleagues on the Board."