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ACTE, NBPTS Partner to Promote High-Quality Career and Technical Education
December 1, 2016

Media Contacts: Richard Klein, rklein@nbpts.org Steve DeWitt, sdewitt@acteonline.org Las Vegas, NV — The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) are pleased to announce their partnership to further serve career and technical education (CTE) professionals and advance student outcomes. Together, the two organizations will work to promote a greater understanding of the pivotal role that accomplished teaching plays in high-quality CTE that prepares students for college and career success. “CTE plays a powerful role in preparing students for postsecondary education and the workplace, and it is important that educators leading…

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Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, NBCT, Elected new Vice Chair of the Board at National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
October 31, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is excited to announce that Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) has been elected the organization’s new board vice chair. Gallagher-Fishbaugh will be replacing Christy Levings, whose term as vice chair ends November 5, 2016. Gallagher-Fishbaugh has worked in public education for 37 years, 31 of which were spent teaching special education and elementary education. She is the past president of the Utah Education Association and was the Utah State Teacher of the Year in 2009. “Sharon has deep and broad experience at the local, state, and national…

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Teacher Voice Matters
September 6, 2016

“Based on personal experience over many years, I believe that National Board Certification transforms teaching and elevates the teaching profession in profound ways. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents districts with an opportunity to strategically support improving the quality of the teaching workforce including National Board Certification.” Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of National Board, reflects on results of a new report from the Center on Education Policy’s Listen to Us: Teacher Views and Voices and how ESSA presents opportunities for states and districts to give teachers a voice in education. Read her piece in The Huffington Post.  

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A Metric for the Big Picture: The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
August 9, 2016

“Whether it’s your first year or your fifth, orienting your teaching career towards the goal of obtaining a National Board Certification can keep you sticking to best practices and feeling motivated.” Matthew Lynch gives a quick overview of the National Board Certification process in an article in the Edvocate.  Read more >

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30% of Finalists for Agents of Learning Challenge are Board-Certified Teachers
July 22, 2016

CHICAGO, IL. — July 22, 2016 — Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) today announced winners from the 12 finalist teams in its Agents for Learning challenge, a nationwide call to action designed to engage educator teams in advocating for the best use of federal funding for professional learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “At the National Board, we are proud of the work and leadership of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). By ensuring that ESSA implementation is led by practicing accomplished teachers, the instructional expertise and experience of educators will be…

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ASCD Partners with U.S. Department of Education and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to Provide Grants Supporting Teacher Leadership Projects
May 3, 2016

Alexandria, VA (05/03/2016)—ASCD announced today its Teacher Impact Grants program, which will provide direct grants to teacher leaders to fund initiatives that drive transformation for wider impact on improving student outcomes. The program is part of ASCD’s commitment to Teach to Lead, an initiative jointly convened by the U.S. Department of Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and ASCD. News of the grants will be introduced this afternoon at a White House celebration honoring the National and State Teachers of the Year. “Effective teachers make the difference, and all students should have access to great teaching and to great…

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New MS Law Provides Incentive for National Board Certified Teachers; Encourages High Quality Teaching in Needy Areas
April 18, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. — April 18, 2016 — Today, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will sign into law Mississippi House Bill 207 that provides a $4,000 stipend for National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who teach in specified* counties. The Bill also makes Board certification more affordable by changing the way a teacher is reimbursed for going through the process to become National Board certified. In Mississippi, approximately 12% of teachers are Board-certified. Research demonstrates that students of Board-certified teachers learn more than students of other teachers. “The process of becoming Board-certified is transformative. Increasing the number of Board-certified teachers in Mississippi will…

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National Teacher Hall of Fame recognizes Board Certified Teachers
April 11, 2016

The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) works to recognize and honor exceptional career teachers, encourage excellence in teaching and preserve the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States. They recently announced the 2016 inductees, five teachers with extensive experience and significant results advancing student learning. Of the five inductees, three are National Board Certified Teachers. Strong Vision The NTHF vision is to be a prominent national organization that enhances the public’s awareness of the vital role of education in society by working collaboratively with national education organizations and building linkages with other national teacher recognition programs. The…

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Ron Thorpe to Posthumously Receive Prestigious James A. Kelly Award
March 3, 2016

Education Visionary Ron Thorpe to Posthumously Receive Prestigious James A. Kelly Award at Teaching & Learning 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ron Thorpe, visionary educator and former president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, will posthumously receive the organization’s James A. Kelly Award at the upcoming Teaching & Learning 2016 conference on March 11, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The Kelly Award, named after James A. Kelly, Founding President and CEO, recognizes and honors individuals who have fostered a level of educational excellence befitting of the award’s namesake, National Board founding president James A. Kelly. Thorpe died last summer atat the age of…

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State of the Board: Engaging in Congress and the Legislatures
February 1, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. — February 1, 2016 – During 2015 the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, often in partnership with National Board Certified Teachers, helped drive important change – not only in the nation’s classrooms but also in Congress, statehouses and legislatures across the US. Much of the work advanced the concept of a professional career continuum for educators, grounded in professional teaching standards and anchored by National Board Certification. “Our belief is that local and state policymakers play an important role in helping to assure that accomplished teachers are in every school in the country,” said Peggy Brookins, National…

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