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Five Core Propositions

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Published in 1989, the document What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do articulated the National Board’s Five Core Propositions for Teaching. Similar to medicine’s Hippocratic Oath, the Five Core Propositions underscored the accomplished teacher’s commitment to advancing student achievement. Together, the propositions form the basis of all National Board Standards and the foundation for National Board Certification.

Proposition 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning.

Proposition 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.

Proposition 3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.

Proposition 4: Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.

Proposition 5: Teachers are members of learning communities.