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National Board Praises TALIS Findings on the Teaching Profession

June 27, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. —  Speaking about OECD’s release today of the Teaching and Learning International Study (TALIS), Ron Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, praised the results of the study: “Teachers across the nation have confirmed that professional development is too often disconnected from what teachers do every day in the classroom. What regularly passes for professional development is seldom aligned to any vision for how educators grow in effectiveness, beginning with teacher preparation and extending to standards of accomplished practice that have been established by the profession and maintained by the National Board. TALIS speaks to the need for professional…

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National Board Partners with Bureau of Indian Education to Certify 1,000 New Accomplished Teachers

June 13, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. —The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards today announced a groundbreaking initiative with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) to boost accomplished teaching in BIE-funded schools. As part of the Obama Administration’s continued commitment to working with tribal leaders to address the challenges facing Indian Country, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Education Secretary Arne Duncan convened a study group to work with tribes and other BIE stakeholders to identify the causes of low-performance in BIE-funded schools. After numerous listening sessions and tribal consultations, the study group released a “Blueprint for Reform,” a comprehensive plan to redesign the BIE…

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EdTalk Radio: Increasing teacher ‘Board certification’ in Kentucky

June 12, 2014

Ruth Ann Sweazy, Jeffrey Wright and Donna Brockman discuss the importance of making Board certification the norm for teachers in Kentucky.   Education Talk Radio, Larry Jacobs, June 12, 2014. Listen to the Podcast

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The National Board Seeks Thousands of Teachers for Field Tests

May 22, 2014

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is seeking thousands of PreK-12 teachers to take part in field tests of the revised National Board Certification process. The field tests begin today, starting with the Content Knowledge component, but enrollment will continue through the fall. Click here to learn more and apply today.

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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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