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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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National Board Remembers Visionary President and CEO Ronald Thorpe
July 1, 2015

ARLINGTON, VA—July 1, 2015 — An education leader who called for elevating teaching to the ranks of esteemed professions such as medicine and engineering, Dr. Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, lost his battle with cancer today. “Visionary is an overused word, but in Ron’s case, it’s the right one,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who presented Thorpe with a lifetime achievement award in March. “He’s deepened the understanding of the teaching profession for the nation and the world.” Joining the National Board shortly after its 25th anniversary in 2011, Thorpe…

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National Board Partners with MS Dept. of Education to Boost Early Literacy Instruction
May 5, 2015

 National Board Partners with Mississippi Department of Education to Boost Early Literacy Instruction for Mississippi’s K-3 Students ARLINGTON, VA —  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with the support of a $2.4-million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), will work to strengthen literacy instruction and outcomes for students across Mississippi in the critical early elementary years. In partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education, National Board Certified Teachers will work directly with students in their classrooms, as well as with other teachers in their schools and districts, to transform literacy teaching for K-3 students across the state. Over the course…

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Board-Certified Teachers More Effective, New Studies Affirm
April 1, 2015

The evidence continues to mount that teachers who earn national-board certification are more effective than other teachers, both at the high school and elementary levels. Two recently released studies show higher test scores by students who are taught by board-certified teachers. The findings are in line with previous research. Read More (subscription may be required) – Stephen Sawchuk, April 1, 2015.

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National Board’s ATLAS Boosts Teacher Prep in Louisiana through Video Analysis and Reflection
March 31, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — Through a new partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, teacher preparation programs in Louisiana will receive a major boost in preparing the next generation of teachers for success in the profession.  The new partnership between the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Louisiana Board of Regents will provide aspiring teachers throughout the state with access to ATLAS—a unique, searchable online library of authentic videos showing National Board Certified Teachers at work in the classroom. ATLAS (Accomplished Teaching, Learning, and Schools™) allows users to get inside the heads of accomplished teachers by observing…

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Two New Studies Add to the Evidence Base on Board-Certified Teachers’ Impact on Student Achievement
March 19, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. —  Two independent studies recently released provide new evidence that, on average, the students of National Board Certified Teachers learn more than students in other classrooms. Such evidence held from elementary through high school grades; across reading, math and science subject areas; and in varied districts and states across the country. The studies, the first conducted in Washington state by researchers Dr. Dan Goldhaber and James Cowan, and the second in Kentucky and in Chicago Public Schools by the nonprofit CNA Corporation under the leadership of Dr. Linda Cavalluzzo, build upon more than a decade of research that…

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National Board Publishes New Standards for CTE
March 3, 2015

The new CTE Standards are here! The National Board has published revised standards for accomplished teaching in the rapidly evolving field of Career and Technical Education (CTE).  Created by educators—Board-certified teachers and researchers with distinguished expertise in CTE—the standards were written to reflect recent advances in research and practice and address the increasing focus on preparing all students for postsecondary success. National Board Certification in CTE will be organized around eight pathways or specialty areas established by the standards, from Decorative Arts and Design to Natural Resources. They also boost the content knowledge requirements for CTE certification and the expectation that teachers…

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What should be included in fixing NCLB?
February 4, 2015

This week the National Board submitted recommendations to Congress to build a strong teaching workforce through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The recommendations include building a continuum that supports teacher growth; strengthening entry into the profession; improving ongoing professional learning, including pathways to Board certification; and creating opportunities for teacher leadership. At the same time, the National Board submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on its proposed teacher preparation regulations, drawing from the example of the rigorous training and residency programs in the medical profession. Read More ESEA: Building a…

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Board-Certified Teachers Urge Congress to Use ESEA Reauthorization to Strengthen Teaching
January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON —  Rachelle Moore, a Board-certified first-grade teacher from Seattle, Wash., urged Congress to take a broad view of what is needed to improve education for all students in reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In particular, Moore, who was the only teacher to testify before the Senate panel today, stressed the importance of investing in the “continuum that includes teacher induction, professional growth and teacher leadership” as a way to better prepare and retain high-quality educators. [Click to read her testimony.] “I am hopeful that all parties will work together on ESEA reauthorization to ensure all students…

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National Board Adopts Revised Career and Technical Education Standards
December 15, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. —The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has adopted newly revised standards for accomplished teaching in the rapidly evolving field of Career and Technical Education (CTE). The standards, which will be published in early 2015, were created by educators—Board-certified teachers and researchers with distinguished expertise in CTE. They were written to reflect recent advances in research and practice and address the increasing focus on preparing all students for postsecondary success. “In defining accomplished teaching within career and technical education, the revised standards are rigorous, elegant, and move the field forward in significant ways,” said Kristin Hamilton, NBCT, director…

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