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Spreading NBCT Expertise

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Board-certified teachers are leading the profession in countless ways—both in and outside of the classroom. 

According to the ongoing NBCT Census:

  • More than half of NBCT respondents (54%) are working as team leaders
  • More than a third (36%) are department chairs
  • 15% are staff developers and coaches
  • NBCTs are also serving as principals, superintendents, state government officials, state departments of education staff and college faculty

The National Board and the U.S. Department of Education have convened Teach to Lead, an effort to identify, highlight and support innovative ideas for teacher leadership from concept through execution. Through the online community Commit to Lead and regional Teacher Leadership Summits, the initiative is encouraging stakeholders at all levels to expand opportunities for teacher leadership that advance student outcomes.

We're also proud to work in partnership with the National Education Association and the Center for Teaching Quality on the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI). Together we are piloting a comprehensive program designed to develop a new generation of leaders with the knowledge, skills and core values that advance teaching as a 21st-century profession. The partners published a beginning vision for Teacher Leadership Competencies, which envisions leadership along three pathways—instructional leadership, policy leadership and association leadership—as reflected below.