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Five Core Propositions

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First published in 1989 and updated in 2016,  What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do articulates the National Board’s Five Core Propositions for teaching. The Five Core Propositions — comparable to medicine’s Hippocratic Oath — set forth the profession's vision for accomplished teaching.

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

The Propositions in Action