Five Core Propositions
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
- National Board Standards describe what the propositions look like in each certificate area.
- The Architecture of Accomplished Teaching
- The certification assessments require teachers to submit evidence that they are meeting the propositions.
- ATLAS shows the Five Core Propositions in action through cases that contain the video, commentary, and instructional materials of NBCTs’ lessons.
Why Pronouncing Students’ Names is Important to Building Relationships by Ambereen Khan-Baker, NBCT
The Architecture of Accomplished Teaching...of Teachers by Mark Gardner, NBCT
Variety is the Spice of Accomplished Teaching by Walter Brown, Sr., NBCT