Since 1987, the National Board has built the largest corps of accomplished teachers working in the profession today. Currently, there are more than 110,000 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), representing nearly every major subject area and developmental level from pre-k through 12th grade.
Despite their relatively small number, Board-certified teachers are having an outsized impact on their students and the profession, and we’re gaining a clearer picture of that through the ongoing NBCT Census.
- More than half of NBCT respondents (54%) are working as team leaders
- More than a third (36%) are department chairs
- 15% are staff developers and coaches
- NBCTs are also serving as principals, superintendents, state government officials, state departments of education staff and college faculty
As proven experts on what works in the classroom, Board-certified teachers are frequently asked to share their ideas and opinions with state and local policymakers. The National Board works with NBCT Networks across the country to reach state legislators and other leaders to shape effective education policy. This includes helping connect stakeholders to create powerful coalitions, organizing Hill days and media events that build momentum, providing research and data that demonstrate the impact of accomplished teaching and encourage advocacy to ensure that we move the needle.
Leading the Profession
- In March 2014, 19 Board-certified teachers participated in a Congressional forum weighing the benefits of medical-style residency training for teachers. (See press release or view the video.)
- In Wyoming, the Ellbogen Foundation provided an opportunity for NBCTs to come together and develop bold new ideas for continuing to improve in their practice. After the summit, the teacher leaders developed a white paper to share with stakeholders and policymakers.
- In November 2014, Mississippi NBCTs and National Board candidates (“NB2Bs”) gathered in Hattiesburg to for a summit to discuss how Board certification can elevate teaching and learning in their districts.