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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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2015 State of the Board: Impacting Schools Across the Country
January 20, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. — January 20, 2016 — During 2015, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards helped drive important change in classrooms and legislatures across the US. Much of the work advanced the concept of a professional career continuum for educators, anchored by National Board standards for accomplished teaching. “Having certified more than 112,000 teachers, we are perhaps best known for our Board certification process, but the National Board is also engaged in far-reaching initiatives to improve and elevate teaching practice across all aspects of the continuum, from the earliest days of preparation through the many aspects of teacher leadership,” said…

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Bureau of Indian Education Partners with National Board to Accelerate Effort to Reach 1,000 Board-Certified Teachers in Native American Schools by 2020
December 9, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — December 9, 2015 — In a focused effort to strengthen teaching and improve student outcomes in BIE-funded schools serving Native American students, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is working with with the National Board to support teachers to pursue and achieve National Board Certification. National Board Certification is a rigorous, performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment similar to Board certification in fields such as medicine and engineering. More than a decade of research shows that the students of Board-certified teachers learn more than their peers. “Teaching students effectively is the number one priority for the BIE,” said BIE Director…

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National Board Statement on Every Student Succeeds Act
December 8, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — December 7, 2015 — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards appreciates Congress’ bipartisan efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). To ensure that all students receive an excellent education, we must implement a comprehensive approach to strengthening the teaching workforce, grounded in a coherent professional continuum that begins in preparation and leads to accomplished practice and the opportunity for teachers to serve in leadership roles. The Every Student Succeeds Act recognizes critical components of this continuum. The National Board is pleased that the bill encourages states and…

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Terry Holliday Elected Chair of NBPTS Board of Directors
December 3, 2015

Visionary Educator and Leader Steps In Amidst Important Teacher Recognition ARLINGTON Va. — December 3, 2015 — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that Terry Holliday, Ph.D., has been elected Chairman of the NBPTS Board of Directors, succeeding former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise who served in the role since 2009. This news coincides with the announcement that 4,729 teachers have achieved or renewed National Board Certification – the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching. Holliday comes to the Board with more than 40 years of classroom teaching and education leadership in district, state and national roles. “We couldn’t be…

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New Alliance Aims to Increase the Number of World Languages Students Taught by National Board Certified Teachers
November 20, 2015

ARLINGTON, VA — November 20, 2015 — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) are pleased to announce an alliance that will, in the future, enable the National Board to expand National Board Certification to teachers of world languages other than French and Spanish. Nationwide, more than 110,000 teachers have achieved National Board Certification, with 1,936 in the World Language certificate area, demonstrating that they have met the profession’s standards for accomplished practice through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process. Working together, the National Board and ACTFL aim to further…

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Peggy Brookins, NBCT, Named President and CEO of the National Board
November 9, 2015

ARLINGTON, VA — November 9, 2015 — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has named Peggy Brookins, a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), as its new CEO and President. Brookins has served as executive vice president of the National Board since December 2014 and as interim president and CEO since June 2015. A pioneering STEM educator, Brookins assumes the role following the passing of Ronald Thorpe. This is a historic moment for the National Board and for the profession and the fulfillment of Thorpe’s vision that—for the first time—a Board-certified teacher is at the helm of the profession’s organization…

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Announces ASCD as New Partner in Teach to Lead
October 21, 2015

ARLINGTON Va. — October 21, 2015 — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that ASCD will join the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the U.S. Department of Education as the third partner in Teach to Lead, which focuses on expanding opportunities for teacher leadership in ways that enhance student learning and make it possible for teachers to stay in the classroom while leading in the profession. “We are happy to welcome ASCD as a partner in Teach to Lead and look forward to working with them and the National Board to advance teacher leadership,” said Duncan. “During…

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National Board Deepens Partnership with States, Districts and the Profession to Transform Teaching and Learning
October 6, 2015

$19.4M Federal SEED Grant Will Grow Ranks of Accomplished, Board-Certified Teachers Teaching and Leading in High-Need Schools  ARLINGTON, Va. — October 6, 2015 —The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has been awarded a $19.4-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the 2015 Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant competition. The work supported by this grant will build on the burgeoning success of Network to Transform Teaching (NT3), launched with funding from a 2013 SEED grant. NT3 is designed to advance student learning by strengthening the structures, policies and programs that support teacher growth and development. The partners…

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