Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
A local high school educator recognized nationally for his work in helping students earn computer application certifications shared the secrets to his success via webinar Tuesday.
Chuck Silvertooth, a business technology teacher and certification coordinator at Jacksonville High, was joined by Lubbock educator Janet Flusche as they fielded questions from interested teachers “on how (certification programs) benefit the community, with kids graduating high school already certified” in Microsoft and Adobe products, he said.
“We have a very successful program (in which graduates are prepared for college) and have readily available skills” through certification, Silvertooth said. “We shared information about the challenges we've met and how we pulled our programs together.”
Certiport, the official test delivery solution provider for global workforce and academic markets, sponsored the event, during which Silvertooth said he logged into a laptop and shared a PowerPoint presentation with the audience, who typed in questions that were answered at the end of the session.
“It was my first time to do a webinar, and I think it went great,” he said. “There were a lot of good questions asking, 'How did you start out?' and 'What worked best for you?' We told our stories, and explained how to set up a certification process (at a school).”
There were 22 participants across the country.
Silvertooth has taught at the high school eight years, and launched the certification program his second year there with 12 students. “Our biggest year was with eight classes in excess of 150 kids,” he said.
Certification programs are supported by federal funding “so that kids don't have to pay for it,” he said. “We’re blessed to have federal funding to tap into to be able to provide this for the kids.”
Silvertooth was named the North American Teacher of the Year in July by Certiport, and is a test administrator for Microsoft and Adobe products.