(Insert slow clap here).
As mentioned, I worked through my National Board certification this year. Coming out the other end, I cannot express the admiration I have for anyone who has attempted the certification. It is arduous, consuming, and at times, seemingly impossible.
Once I had time to actually talk to my co-workers again, many began asking if I thought it was worth the extensive work. With a few days to let the dust settle, I have come to the following conclusions about the process:
But is it worth the work? Would I recommend it?
Yes (with limitations). There are two huge questions one must consider: 1) Are you doing it to be better or for money? and 2) Do you have the right circumstances?
The first question is not meant to be condescending in any way. Rather, it is not a process worth any financial incentive your school offers. My own school will increase my salary by about $3000 dollars (which is incredibly generous) but that is not what pushed me throughout. It was more defined by a personal challenge I placed on myself. Were I just interested in the increase to my salary, I don’t think I would have had the necessary gumption to finish.
The second question is possible the more important. Consider the school year you are about to have before making the decision to register. As mentioned, new preps, challenging course loads, and other responsibilities will make an already difficult process nearly impossible. One cohort member – our department chair – struggled to manage the added responsibilities of leading the department, and the other member of my cohort was managing a new, demanding prep that kept her from staying focused on this process. Having no new preps, no new responsibilities, and no personal conflicts, I managed to find time to regularly work on my materials.
So given the circumstances I started the year with, I am happy I did it. For those considering the same, I wish you luck. I am also more than happy to provide any help I can… as long as I even pass myself!
Sincerely, (A Very tired) cwik