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Being an NBCT comes with an obligation to equity

By: Megan Jenny, NBCT and Lauren Jewett, NBCT There have been more than a few documented instances of lawmakers excluding classroom teachers from discussions and deliberations—including the No Child Left Behind legislation of 2001. And we all know how disastrously that turned out, ushering in an era of excessive standardized testing, commodification of education, and…

The Importance of Building Relationships…and Repairing Them

So this happened.  Generally, I am relatively easy to get along with – people like me. Not so much last week when a confrontation with a student escalated to a point where I lost my cool. It happens – in the classroom, in my office, in any work environment, and in relationships. The problem in…

Teaching in the Pandemic is like Eating Noodles Without Chopsticks

By: Lory Walker Peroff, NBCT I recently attended a virtual professional development on a sunny Saturday morning. I was still hungover from a rough week at school. Despite a brief moment of elation when, for the first time in four months, I had all of my students in attendance, the week was overwhelming as usual.…

It’s time to think beyond the curriculum

By: Jonathon Medeiros, NBCT An essay I read recently talked about the importance of drama in learning, and its usefulness to us as teachers. The author made sure to delineate between “drama” and “theater,” explaining that drama is participant centered and theater is audience centered. The former is for the people acting, working through the…

National Board Networks Honors Program Recognizes 21 Networks

Today, the National Board is recognizing 21 National Board Networks that model excellence in support of the National Board’s mission. The 76 National Board networks play a key role in building and sustaining National Board certification, supporting educators who wish to challenge themselves and prove they teach to the profession’s highest standards. The networks also…

One Step Away from Crisis

By: Michelle Morgan, NBCT As we start this new year, both educators and students are doing their very best every day to just to show up. Moving into the third year of the pandemic, teachers are twice as likely to feel stress and three times as likely to be depressed as they were in 2019. …

Calling All California Teachers! Apply for a National Board Certification Grant Today and Receive State Funds!

This blog originally published on the Public Advocates website. By Public Advocates and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards  We are delighted that the Governor’s 2021 Budget included a robust investment in the National Board Certification Incentive Grant. National Board certification is the most respected professional certification in education1 and confers innumerable benefits on teachers, students…

Thank you!

Thank you for completing the National Board’s annual NBCT survey. Once we close the survey and compile responses, we will share an overview of the results and follow up with ways that you can engage further with the National Board.

Five Years a Candidate: Maryland Teacher’s Story of GRACE for the Journey

By: Angela Killebrew, NBCT A Science Teacher shares her five-year journey to National Board certification culminating in December 2021. I want to share my story with hopes it will inspire someone else to find their confidence to stay the course and accomplish their goal of National Board certification. In the Spring of 2016, I celebrated…

From Teacher to Hunter

By: Maria Peterson, NBCT I’m a Spanish teacher in Montgomery County, MD. Our 160,000 students come from more than 50 countries and represent hundreds of languages and cultures. This diversity is one of the reasons the district has been an ideal place for me to teach for more than 28 years. Coming from the small…