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Dr. Mary Vixie Sandy Receives Prestigious James A. Kelly Award

November 9, 2022

ARLINGTON, VA. — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is excited to announce that Dr. Mary Vixie Sandy, the Executive Director of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, received the National Board’s James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching on November 11, 2022. The Kelly Award, named after James A. Kelly, Founding President and CEO of the National Board, recognizes and honors individuals who have contributed to the advancement of accomplished teaching. Dr. Mary Vixie Sandy serves as the Executive Director of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the nation’s oldest independent standards board for educators. As a policy…

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Awarded $14 Million SEED Grant from the US Department of Education to Grow Diverse Board-Certified Teachers

October 12, 2022

Contact: Lisa Clarke, lclarke@nbpts.org  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is excited to announce that the organization has been awarded $14.2 million via the competitive 2022 Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program.  This support will fund the National Board’s project From the Margins to the Center: Supporting Teacher Diversity, Quality, and Retention. The project has a specific focus on engaging and supporting educators of color, advancing the National Board’s priority to make Board certification accessible to all educators.  “We at the National Board are so excited about the momentum that this three-year grant provides our organization,” said Peggy Brookins,…

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Announces Policy Change Allowing Early Career Teachers Access to Certification, Paired with a Support Program Pilot for Kentucky Educators

September 22, 2022

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is excited to announce a change in policy that will allow early career teachers to begin pursuing National Board Certification as soon as they begin their teaching careers. Previously, educators must have completed three successful years of teaching prior to beginning the National Board Certification process. The policy change now will open access to educators interested in the Board certification process by allowing them to begin the process of Board certification before completing three years of teaching experience. While this change allows educators to begin the process earlier, educators will need to complete…

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Announces Policy Change Allowing Early Career Teachers Access to Certification

September 22, 2022

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is excited to announce a change in policy that will allow early career teachers to begin pursuing National Board Certification as soon as they begin their teaching careers. Previously, educators must have completed three successful years of teaching prior to beginning the National Board Certification process. The policy change now will open access to educators interested in the Board certification process by allowing them to begin the process of Board certification before completing three years of teaching experience. While this change allows educators to begin the process earlier, they still must complete three…

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National Board Networks Honors Program Recognizes 21 Networks

January 28, 2022

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 build pathways for National Board Certified Teachers to serve leadership roles throughout their region and state.  “Our staff is dedicated and we push ourselves daily to impact education nationwide. All the networks consistently deliver on the ground in states and districts across the whole country.…

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

January 27, 2022

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 and school communities. These benefits include: Fee subsidy and salary incentives for National Board Certified Teachers Leadership opportunities for teachers, such as mentorship of less-experienced teachers An invaluable professional development experience that connects professional learning with classroom practice An opportunity to positively impact high-needs students,…

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More than 2,000 teachers earn National Board certification; 130,000 now teach to the profession’s highest standards

January 24, 2022

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 2,073 teachers became National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the 2020-2021 school year. Showing their deep commitment to student learning and the teaching profession, these teachers represent 49 states plus the District of Columbia.  With the 5,304 teachers who renewed or maintained their certificate this year, there is now a total of 130,630 teachers from all 50 states who teach to the highest standards in the profession and impact culture and learning for vast numbers of students, schools, and communities. “What a time to be a teacher! Even with the…

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Two National Board Certified Teachers announced as finalists for CCSSO’s National Teacher of the Year Program

January 22, 2022

The Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has announced that two  National Board Certified teachers, Whitney Aragaki, NBCT from Hawai’i and Joseph Welch, NBCT from Pennsylvania, have been named as two of the four finalists for the 2022 National Teacher of the Year.  Whitney Aragaki, the 2022 Hawai‘i Teacher of the Year, teaches high school science using cultural and place-based activities to engage students. She also works to provide equitable access to environmental science and computer science courses statewide. She has been National Board certified since 2014.  In a recent social media post, Aragaki said, “It’s been 8 years…

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Midland ISD seeks to recruit, retain and support National Board Certified Teachers

December 16, 2021

District joins National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Permian Strategic Partnership in efforts across Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) announces today that Midland ISD (MISD) is joining an initiative in which the National Board and the Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP) are working to expand and accelerate the work of ensuring more students in the Permian Basin region are taught by accomplished, National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). Midland is joining districts in Texas and New Mexico already engaged in this work. More than a decade of research shows that students of…

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

November 10, 2021

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 a beacon for educators in Austin, in Texas and across the country. His experience and insight will help us advance our mission,” said Peggy Brookins, National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), president and CEO of the National Board. Rodrigo Rodríguez-Tovar, a National Board Certified Teacher,  is…

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