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How Are You Advocating for School Librarians?

According to SLIDE: The School Librarian Investigation—Decline or Evolution?, a new study conducted by Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel, our country has experienced a 20% decline in the number of school librarians employed in American school districts in just the last ten years (starting well before the COVID-19 pandemic). Of further concern, “Districts…

Be an NBCT to a T (as in Traveler, not Tourist)

If you bet that seeing themselves on video is what most terrifies candidates pursuing National Board Certification, pay up. It’s the editing. But it’s a double whammy- trimming both the video AND the writing!  First, it’s “How am I going to fill up all those pages?” then it becomes, “but I’ve run out of space!…

Rodriguez-Tovar, Texas Educator, Added to NBPTS Board of Directors

ARLINGTON, Va. – November 10, 2021 – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), announced today the election of Rodrigo Rodriguez-Tovar, a prominent educator from Austin, Texas, to its Board of Directors. “I am thrilled to welcome Rodrigo to our Board of Directors. For years, he has been a champion of our work and…

When Schools and Pixar Collide: The Value of a Postmortem

I picked up Ed Catmull’s 2014 book, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. Catmull, who is the President and CEO of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, uses stories of Pixar projects to reveal what he’s learned about managing a company, and its creative talent; and throughout, I…

California Acts to Support National Board Certification

The California State Board of Education approved elements of a $250 million grant program to increase the number of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)-certified teachers in high-needs schools. Under the program, any teacher who has attained National Board certification is eligible to receive an award of $5,000 a year for five years if…

Third Party Payers

Third Party Payers These third-party payer resources are designed for states, districts, and organizations interested in providing monetary support to candidates undergoing the National Board certification process. If you are a candidate searching for funding, please visit the In Your State page to learn more about available resources. If you are not a third-party payer and you…

CMSD offering free National Board training for teachers

Julia McDill had decided not to pursue her master’s degree. The seven-year veteran teacher at Franklin Elementary still owes student loan debt from when she earned her bachelor’s in elementary education at the Mississippi University for Women. Adding to that debt just wasn’t feasible. Similarly, McDill had pondered earning her National Board certification, something that…

Supports for NBCTs working on Maintenance of Certification

The National Board made changes to provide flexibility for successfully completing your portfolio submissions, Renewal or Maintenance of Certification during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on our Pursuing National Board Certification during COVID-19 page.Create a National Board account to learn the latest National Board candidate news. Free Canvas Course: Preparing for National Board Certification –…

ATLAS

ATLAS ATLAS Accomplished Teaching, Learning and Schools® To become an accomplished teacher, you need to see an accomplished teacher. The National Board aims to strengthen the career continuum for teachers by offering ATLAS, Accomplished Teaching, Learning and Schools®. ATLAS is a library of authentic video cases  showing National Board Certified Teachers at work in the…

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Standards Committee

Dr. Elbert Hawkins III., NBCT Dr. Elbert Hawkins earned his National Board Certification in School Counseling/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood. He currently serves as a school counselor for K-5 students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro—Moss Street Partnership School, North Carolina. He works to ensure a safe and caring environment for all students…