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U.S. Department of Education to Partner With National Board on Teacher Leadership
March 15, 2014

The following is a statement by Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board, on the new teacher leadership initiative announced yesterday by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan: WASHINGTON – “Today Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a major commitment to elevating the teaching profession by announcing the launch of Teach to Lead, a new initiative to advance teacher leadership in partnership with the National Board. For more than 25 years, the National Board has served as the profession’s vehicle for setting the highest standards for accomplished practice. Through National Board Certification, a process created for teachers, by teachers, we…

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Congressional Forum Weighs Benefits of “Medical Model” for Teacher Preparation
March 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Nineteen National Board Certified Teachers travelled from 14 states to Capitol Hill today to meet with their members of Congress who are Board-certified physicians. Together they engaged in a forum exploring ways in which our country’s system for preparing teachers could be vastly improved if it was made to be more similar to graduate school and training in the medical profession. Members of both parties and their aides were planning to take part in the discussion hosted by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. “As a Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, I’ve seen how Board certification improves the medical profession and helps…

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Three Education Champions to Receive Prestigious James A. Kelly Award at Teaching & Learning 2014
February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will present the prestigious James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching to the Honorable James B. Hunt, Jr., founding chair of the National Board and former governor of North Carolina; the Honorable Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education and former governor of South Carolina; and Barbara Kelley, former chair of the National Board, and the first teacher to serve in this position. “These incredible individuals have dedicated their life’s work to advance the teaching profession in profound ways,” said Ron Thorpe, president of the National Board. “Each one has…

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Casper teacher speaks softly in classroom, louder on national stage
February 9, 2014

Mauro Diaz takes a subtle approach in leading his junior high-school science class in Casper, Wyoming, but takes a bold approach in leading his profession as a member of the NBPTS Board of Directors.   Casper (Wyo.) Star Tribune, Leah Todd, February 9, 2014. Article

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Kentucky district working to increase number of National Board Certified Teachers
January 21, 2014

The Floyd County school district aims to dramatically increase its number of Board-certified teachers, with support from the Kentucky Education Association.   Kentucky Teacher, Susan Riddell, January 21, 2014. Article

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Teachers rise to the head of the class
January 17, 2014

New York State is partnering with the National Board to boost the number of Board-certified teachers working in high-need schools. Buffalo Public Schools is one of the districts that is looking to up its number of NBCTs and multiply their impact within schools.   The Buffalo News, Tiffany Lankes, January 17, 2014. Article

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NEA, CTQ, and National Board launch national initiative to develop a new generation of education leaders
January 7, 2014

WASHINGTON –The National Education Association (NEA), the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) announced today the national Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), a joint endeavor to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession. TLI is a product of the organizations’ shared vision of teacher-leadership advancing the profession. The long-term goals of the TLI are: 1) define the foundational competencies of teacher leadership; and 2) develop relevant experiences and supports to help teachers cultivate those competencies; and (3) activate teachers to be leaders for their profession as a result of…

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Nation’s Corps of Accomplished Teachers Grows as Global Stakes Rise for America’s Students
December 17, 2013

Editor’s Note: State-level data on National Board Certified Teachers is available online here. To identify National Board Certified Teachers in your area, an updated searchable index is available here. ARLINGTON, Va. — More than 4,000 teachers nationwide have just learned the exciting news that they have achieved National Board Certification, demonstrating the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully prepare students for 21st century careers. To date, more than 106,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process. Recently, results from the 2012 Program for…

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Piedmont (Alabama) teachers outpacing nation with prestigious credential
November 17, 2013

Piedmont City Schools, a small district in Alabama, has won many national accolades and nearly a quarter of its teachers have achieved National Board Certification.   The Anniston Star, Laura Gaddy, November 17, 2013. Article

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Not pre-med, how about pre-ed?
November 1, 2013

This article explores the idea of teacher residencies modeled after the medical profession and features the Seattle Teacher Residency.   The Seattle Times, Claudia Rowe, November 1, 2013. Article

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