At the February 11, 2020 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Steve Bovino and Board of Education President Dr. Jill O'Malley were proud to recognize Susan Hirsch, Edison Elementary School first-grade teacher, who earned her National Board Certification. Board certification, awarded by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, is considered to be the gold standard for teaching. It is a performance-based peer-review process similar to board certification in medicine. Earning National Board Certification is a rigorous process which includes written entries, exams, and video submissions, and can take one or two years. There are four components of certification: an assessment of the candidate’s subject area knowledge, evidence of differentiation in instruction, video recordings of classroom instruction, and evidence of being an effective and reflective practitioner of teaching practices. Only a tiny fraction of educators have earned this distinction.