Achieving National Board Certification for School Library Media Specialists: A Study Guide

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To achieve the distinction of National Board Certification, school library media specialists face daunting challenges requiring hard work, teaching knowledge, collaborative skills, organizational ability, and courage.

Put a friendly mentor in your corner! This study guide coaches school library media specialists through exam specifics. Author, librarian, and educator Gail Dickinson has been on the front lines since the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) introduced library media standards in 2000. Her work has helped bring the rigorous certification process into perspective, answer questions, and allay concerns of those going for certification or considering it.

Whether you are considering National Board certification, in the process of achieving certification, or want to stay current on the best practices in teaching, this book is for you.

In this hands-on resource, Dickinson breaks down a complex and intimidating process into friendly, bite-sized pieces, and:

  • Shows how to get started, be organized, and stay on track with checklists, tips, and exercises
  • Outlines proven approaches to collaborative instruction, literature appreciation, and integrating technology
  • Highlights practical ways to document accomplishments, a critical requirement

Whether used as a workshop guide, for reference or self-study, this accessible guide prepares current candidates (and those in the process) to face the Board assessment experience. It's filled with inspiring examples and advice from people who have been through it and can cheer you on to success.


Part 1.

Chapter 1. National Board Overview and History

Chapter 2. NBPTS and School Library Media

Chapter 3. The EC/YA Library Media Standards

Chapter 4. The NBPTS Process

Part II. Best Practices

Chapter 5. Collaborative Integrated Instruction

Chapter 6. Encouraging Literature Appreciation

Chapter 7. Integration of Technology

Chapter 8. Other Best Practices

Part III. Starting the Process

Chapter 9. Entry One/Collaboration

Chapter 10. Entry Two/Literature Appreciation

Chapter 11. Entry Three/Integration of Technology

Chapter 12: Entry Four/Documented Accomplishments

Chapter 13. Assessment Center

Chapter 14. Banking

Chapter 15. The Future of NBPTS School Library Medica

Gail Dickinson

Gail Dickinson is assistant professor of school library media in the Department of Educational Curriculum and Instruction, Darden College of Education, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Previously, she was assistant professor in the Library and Information Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been a building level school library media specialist at the K-12 level in public and private schools, as well as a library supervisor. Her education includes a Ph.D. in education from the University of Virginia, and a MS in LS from UNC-Chapel Hill.