St. Ambrose University's Master of Education in Teaching (MEdT) Program Director, Maggie Woods, recently renewed her certificate for National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession. The MEdT is based on the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the organization that sets and maintains the standards for teacher excellence.
Woods, a former English teacher at Moline High School was a classroom teacher for 35 years before coming to St. Ambrose to assist other teachers in not only achieving a Master's degree, but in teaching to the highest standards set forth by the NBPTS.
By successfully completing the renewal process for certification, Woods continues to meet the nation's highest teaching standards. She joins tens of thousands of NBCTs who are part of this country's education reform movement that focuses on ensuring that every student has access to an accomplished teacher.
Woods further renewed her commitment to excellence in teaching by attending the NBPTS national convention in July 2009. The four-day event, which took place in Atlanta, was attended mostly by teachers who have achieved National Board Certification who came to hear first-hand from educators who are changing schools across the country.Attendees also learned about new ways to integrate technology into their everyday practices, something Woods is passionate about. Currently, more than eighty percent of the classes in the MEdT program are taught using online synchronous technology, making distance learning a convenient reality for the busy teachers enrolled in the program.