The National Board actively works with Congress, the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to shape education policy that advances teaching and learning.
This includes providing research to inform effective legislation, sharing success stories from National Board Certified Teachers across the country and providing testimony on important issues in education reform. Most importantly, it involves bringing the voices of accomplished teachers from the classroom to the Capitol.
The National Board has endorsed legislation introduced by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to fund the creation of a national STEM Master Teacher Corps as part of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Members of the corps would receive a $15,000 annual bonus if teaching in a high-need school or a $5,000 annual bonus if teaching in a non-high-need school. Under the bill, one of the proposed criteria for selecting members of the STEM Master Teacher Corps is achieving National Board Certification. Senator Franken originally introduced this bill in April 2011 and reintroduced it in February 2013.
In July 2012, five National Board Certified Teachers and National Board President and CEO Ron Thorpe participated in a White House event announcing the Obama Administration's support for the creation of the STEM Master Teacher Corps.
In March 2012, the National Board endorsed a bill by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), which would direct investments to states and districts to provide teachers with the professional development necessary to successfully implement college- and career-ready standards. The bill would also create new career pathways for teachers to serve as coaches and mentors and in other teacher leadership roles to implement instructional strategies aligned to college- and career-ready standards.