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Dr. Travis J. Bristol Elected New Chair of NBPTS Board of Directors
September 13, 2021

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that Travis J. Bristol, PhD, has been elected Chairman of the NBPTS Board of Directors, succeeding Dr. Terry Holliday who served in the role since 2015. Dr. Bristol, whose term will begin in November 2021, comes to the Board with 17 years of experience in classroom teaching and education leadership, including most recently as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.  “I am deeply grateful to Dr. Terry Holliday for his partnership, mentorship, guidance, insight and his unwavering support and commitment to the National Board’s…

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National Board Announces Certification Rate
July 19, 2021

Arlington, VA -The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards today released its certification rate for teachers completing all four components of the National Board assessment. Of all teachers receiving a certification decision since 2017, the year the National Board revised its assessment, 70% earned the National Board Certified Teacher designation.   “National Board Certified Teachers teach to the highest standards in the profession. The newly released certification rate helps to highlight their commitment to student learning and their own professional development,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “These teachers continually reflect on…

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California State Legislature Approves Incentives for National Board Certified Teachers in High-Priority Schools
July 14, 2021

$250,000,000 will be appropriated for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification Incentive Program.  Arlington, VA- Effective July 1, the California state government has passed legislation that provides significant support and incentives for teachers in the state seeking National Board Certification, as well as teachers who are already National Board Certified Teachers. The legislation appropriates $250,000,000 from the General Fund to the Education Department for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification Incentive Program.  “This legislation is a significant step forward for education in California. As teachers reflect on their practice and teach to the highest standards in…

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National Board’s Accomplished District Program Acknowledges 79 Districts Across the Country
June 10, 2021

ARLINGTON, Va. – June 10, 2021. Today, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recognized school districts across the country that work to promote student learning through excellent teaching. The National Board Accomplished District program honors 79 districts in which at least 20% of its teachers have achieved National Board certification,* encouraging teachers to be their best and effectively driving student learning.  The 79 Accomplished Districts come from ten states including Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington. The top four districts by percentage include the following:  Nashville Community High School District  (IL), 47.06%…

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Juliana Urtubey, National Board Certified Teacher, Named National Teacher of the Year
May 6, 2021

On May 6th, 2021, The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced that Juliana Urtubey, NBCT from Clark County, Nevada, has been named the National Teacher of the Year. Urtubey, a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood/Young Adulthood Exceptional Needs Specialist earned certification in 2018. “Juliana is an exception educator, a remarkable leader, and I’m proud to say, an advocate and supporter of National Board certification,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, the president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “We congratulate her and look forward to the year ahead as she serves as a national…

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Deadline changes to provide flexibility
April 24, 2021

Headlines: We apologize for the impact of the system change on you We have extended deadlines to provide you flexibility More resources are coming soon Over the past several weeks, we have worked through a transition to our new registration and candidate system. That system change generated unanticipated challenges, many questions from educators, and long wait-times when contacting Customer Support. We have heard from many of you that this has added unexpected stress, especially in a challenging year. We apologize and we are making changes to meet your needs. We are extending deadlines for candidates planning to purchase and/or submit…

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Barnett Berry Receives Kelly Award for Accomplished Teaching; Celebrated by Education Luminaries
April 21, 2021

On Friday April 9, Dr. Barnett Berry, research professor at the University of South Carolina and Founding Director of All4SC, was awarded the 2021 James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The award was presented during a semi-annual meeting of the NBPTS Board of Directors. Watch the replay. “Barnett impressed me because he listened to teachers. Not everyone listened to teachers, and the knowledge and skill that they brought to their job,” said James A. Kelly, the award’s namesake and the first president of the National Board.  “He’s a friend of…

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National Board Applauds Conviction in Derek Chauvin Trial, Providing Justice for George Floyd
April 20, 2021

Following the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards released the following statement commending the guilty verdict.  On behalf of the National Board, President and CEO Peggy Brookins, NBCT, said, “Today, justice prevailed over racism, bias, and brutality. By rightfully holding Derek Chauvin accountable for the murder he committed, the jury made a declaration about the value of George Floyd’s life and the lives of all Black people. Systemic racism, inequity, and violence permeate every dimension of American life. Though Chauvin’s conviction is an important step in justice for George…

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Dr. Barnett Berry to Receive Prestigious James A. Kelly Award
April 9, 2021

Arlington, VA – Dr. Barnett Berry, research professor at the University of South Carolina and Founding Director of All4SC, will receive the National Board’s James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching on April 9, 2021. 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. Berry has dedicated his career to empowering highly accomplished teachers to become authentic teacher leaders. His early advocacy and commitment to modernizing the teaching profession and expanding access to quality education led him to…

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In recognition of continued excellence, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards Issues Proclamation Establishing Louisiana National Board Certified Teacher Day
March 11, 2021

March 10 presents opportunity to celebrate Louisiana’s ranking seventeenth nationally in both the number of newly Board-certified teachers and the total number of National Board Certified Teachers Baton Rouge, Louisiana-The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards joins Governor John Bel Edwards in honoring National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in Louisiana for their attainment of an advanced teaching credential achieved upon completion of the National Board’s assessment, designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards. More than a decade of research from across the country confirms that students taught by National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) learn more than…

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