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National Board Names Three Leading Educators to Its Board of Directors
December 11, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. – December 11, 2017 – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a nonprofit organization created by the teaching profession to set and maintain standards of accomplished practice, announced the election of three prominent educators to its board of directors. Elections were held during the organization’s November Board meeting. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome the newest members of our Board of Directors. They bring great expertise and I know their perspective will make the National Board stronger,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board. “I look forward to getting to work with…

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National Board Aims to Certify 1 Million
December 4, 2017

Edutopia recently published an article regarding National Board certification’s increasing accessibility: “During the last five years, we have been increasing accessibility to both the board certification process and to accomplished teaching more generally,” said Joe Doctor, the National Board’s chief operating officer. “We hope to make certification fit into the very busy lives of practicing teachers, while spreading a vision of how teaching can become the true profession it deserves to be.” Access the full article.

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Nevada Declares National Board Certified Teacher Day
November 16, 2017

Nevada’s Governor Sandoval has proclaimed November 16 as National Board Certified Teacher Day in Nevada. This comes the same week that Board-certified teacher Pilar Biller of Washoe County was named the state’s teacher of the year. In the 2016-2017 school year, Clark County, including Las Vegas, had the second highest number of candidates pursuing National Board certification in the country and the state’s rural counties report a 600% increase in the number of teachers pursuing Board certification. Read more.

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EdWeek Answers Key Question: What Makes the National Board Certification Meaningful?
November 2, 2017

National Board Certified Teacher Ernie Rambo recently reflected on her road to becoming a National Board-certified teacher to learn more about why teachers so often find the process to be transformative, positively impacting themselves and their students. In her Education Week article, Rambo offered the following takeaway: “If National Board certification has been shown to generate positive changes within and among educators, then I wonder what might happen with student learning as we see more teachers become certified.” Access the full article.

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National Board Featured in Scholastic Teacher Magazine
November 2, 2017

The Fall 2017 edition of Scholastic Teacher Magazine features an article about Board certification entitled National Board Certification: To Certify or Not to Certify. Featuring perspective from several National Board Certified Teachers, the article addresses questions related to the time commitment, the cost and also the tremendous value that teachers derive from going through the process. Read the full article.

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NBCT Among Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Winners
October 30, 2017

Bob Kilmer, NBCT, who teaches woodworking, computer-aided design and architecture and construction at Enumclaw High School in King County, Washington, was recently named a winner of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools. Kilmer and his school won $100,000, of which $70,000 goes to the school’s skilled trades program and $30,000 goes to him personally. The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence was designed to recognize outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools that inspires students to learn a trade…

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Institute Formed to Support Nevada Teachers
September 26, 2017

The Nevada Department of Education recently funded a new program to support National Board Certification and teacher leadership. The funding, which provides more than $700,000 over two years, will be used as part of the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute: Empowering Teachers as Leaders and Learners, a newly developed program intended to create a statewide model for National Board teacher professional learning and development. Read more.

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Investing in What it Takes to Move From Good to Great
July 31, 2017

This report, prepared by the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders at the American Institute for Research explores the perspectives of National Board Certified Teachers, asking them what experiences and supports were most important to their development over the course of their careers.  This report underscores the importance of listening to great teachers and investing what can truly help teachers move from good to great. Read more.

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NBCT Named 2017 National Teacher of the Year
April 20, 2017

The Council of Chief State School Officers has announced that Sydney Chaffee, an NBCT and high school teacher in Boston, MA is the 2017 National Teacher of the Year.  Chaffee teaches humanities at Codman Academy Charter Public School, where she focuses on the intersection of history and literature to help her students learn from lessons of the past to make change in the world. Chaffee, who has taught for 10 years, believes education must be authentic and encourages her students to take risks by creating a safe environment in her classroom for diverse learners. Read More >

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$3 Million Grant to Boost Math Teaching and Learning
April 20, 2017

To strengthen the teaching and learning of mathematics in underserved middle schools and high schools in and around Orange County, Cal State Fullerton has been awarded a nearly $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Project partners are Anaheim Union High School District and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. See more at: http://news.fullerton.edu/2017sp/math-fellows.aspx

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