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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:

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Temple University, The School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers partner to launch National Board Certification Support Program
April 19, 2017

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) and the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) are pleased to announce they are collaborating to reestablish the National Board Teacher Support Program at Temple University. The program will provide multifaceted support to teachers going through the certification process. This effort is made possible by a four-year grant from the William Penn Foundation to Temple University College of Education. Read more >

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Michael W. Kirst to Receive Prestigious James A. Kelly Award
April 3, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — April 3, 2017 — Michael Kirst, President of the California State Board of Education and Stanford Emeritus Professor of Education and Business Administration, will receive the National Board’s James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching  on April 7, 2017, in Arlington, VA. The Kelly Award, named after James A. Kelly, Founding President and CEO of the National Board, recognizes and honors individuals who have contributed to the advancement of accomplished teaching. In 2011, Kirst became the President of the California State Board Of Education for the second time. He was a member of the California State Board…

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Literacy Innovation for Teachers in Education (LiftED) Conference In Jackson, MS on March 4
March 2, 2017

National Board hosts LiftED, bringing together 400 educators from across the state for professional learning on literacy ARLINGTON, Va. — March 2, 2017 —The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, in partnership with Mississippi State University, is hosting the first ever Literacy Innovation for Teachers in Education  (LiftED) conference on March 4 in Jackson, Mississippi. The event will bring together 400 leaders from across the teaching and policy continuum in Mississippi and neighboring states. Through the National Board’s Transforming Literacy through Certification (TLC) project with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. This event will be available via live-streaming through…

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Written By Teachers, For Teachers, What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do Illuminates the Five Core Propositions for Accomplished Teaching
December 14, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. — December 14, 2016 —The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has released a revised What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do, part of the teaching profession’s core body of knowledge. The book, which explicates the Five Core Propositions for teaching, is similar to medicine’s Hippocratic Oath, held in common by all teachers of all grade levels and disciplines and underscoring the accomplished teacher’s commitment to advancing student learning and achievement. “What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do is a foundational document that articulates what it means, in concrete terms, to teach to high…

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