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Five Core Propositions

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Published in 1989 with a revision released in 2016, What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do articulates the National Board’s Five Core Propositions for Teaching. Similar to medicine’s Hippocratic Oath, the Five Core Propositions underscore 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