Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233 is proud to announce that its department chair of Mathematics — Dan McClain — has achieved National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards organization. A teacher at H-F since the 2006-07 school year, McClain now joins the elite ranks of the more than 118,000 educators from across the nation to achieve this honor.
“Earning National Board Certification is no easy task, and we are very proud of what Dan has accomplished,” says Dr. Von Mansfield, superintendent. “Earning this prestigious distinction clearly speaks to Dan’s dedication and passion for academic excellence. He is a great example of the many talented teachers we are proud to have on staff.”
To be board certified, teachers must successfully complete four components: a test; a project with evidence and artifacts on how to differentiate instruction; videotape lessons to allow for reflection on teaching practices; and attain 600 to 800 hours in professional development over multiple years.
“The No. 1 thing I took away from the experience is the importance of knowing your students,” McClain says. “This certification served as a great reminder of the importance of building relationships with students and the community. It helped me to refocus my instruction to work with students, alongside them.”
In addition to supervising a department of 25 teachers, McClain currently teaches courses in Advanced Placement Calculus AB and International Baccalaureate Math 1.
About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.