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The Council for Professional Recognition and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Lead Initiative for National Early Childhood Educator Lead Teacher Certification
November 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council for Professional Recognition (CFPR) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) have been awarded a contract from the Early Educator Investment Collaborative to conduct a feasibility study to determine the viability of a National Early Childhood Educator Lead Teacher Certification. The goal of the certification would be to ensure that every child has access to high-quality early childhood education (ECE) programs led by early childhood educators who teach to the highest standards and are well prepared, supported and compensated. It is important to sustain the diversity of the ECE workforce and enable practitioners’ voices to…

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More than 4,000 Teachers Renew National Board Certification, Demonstrate Ongoing Commitment to Students and High Standards
October 28, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va. — October 28, 2019 — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has announced that 4,786 teachers have renewed their National Board certification and demonstrated that they teach to the highest professional standards. These renewed National Board Certified Teachers come from from 48 states, many of which provide a salary stipend or incentive for these teachers.  There are currently more than 20,000 teachers pursuing National Board certification, a mark of distinction that recognizes accomplished teaching. National Board standards were created by teachers, for teachers, and National Board certification is a voluntary process that acknowledges that teachers have met…

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Addressing Teacher Shortages and Teacher Diversity
October 8, 2019

With teacher shortage and teacher diversity challenges impacting schools across the nation, National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) are leading the field in efforts to ensure that all students have access to accomplished and diverse teachers. Launched in 2018 with generous funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Leading, Empowering, and Advocating for the Profession (LEAP) project has engaged more than 200 teachers as change agents in solving locally-pressing teacher workforce challenges. 171 have backgrounds in Early Childhood. Through boot camps, Capitol Hill visits, virtual and in-person skills-building and collaboration sessions, and the creation of a cross-state virtual community, participants learned and applied…

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National Board Recognizes 81 School Districts for Commitment to Accomplished Teaching
September 26, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va. – September 26, 2019. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards unveiled today a program that recognizes school districts across the country that work hard to promote student learning through accomplished teaching. The National Board Accomplished Districts program will initially honor 81 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 81 Accomplished Districts come from ten states including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington. The top three districts by percent of NBCTs are…

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Upcoming National Board Webinars
September 24, 2019

Teams of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) will be hosting informational webinars for those interested in becoming Board-certified. There will also be webinars for current NBCTs who are renewal eligible. This will be a chance to hear directly from NBCTs and also pose your questions to the team. Register today! October 17 – Learn More About National Board Certification November 11 – Learn More About National Board Certification November 12 – Renewal December 9 – Learn More About National Board Certification December 10 — Renewal

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National Board joins nationwide initiative to address STEM teacher shortage
September 24, 2019

As part of an ongoing effort to address the nation’s STEM teacher shortage, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that it has joined the 100Kin10 initiative, a national network that aims to add 100,000 STEM teachers to America’s classrooms by 2021. 100Kin10 is committed to solving one of our country’s most pressing education challenges – giving students a great STEM education. “The National Board is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the national dialogue about STEM learning and how accomplished teaching is an essential part of any solution. Students really need high-quality STEM education –…

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Two National Board fellows begin effort to advance teaching and learning across the Golden State
August 2, 2019

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is proud to announce that two National Board Certified Teachers selected have been named as the inaugural California Advocacy Program fellows. The two advocacy fellows were selected from a highly competitive group of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) from across the state.  Lori Celiz, an NBCT at Ansel Adams Elementary School in the Lodi Unified School District Bootsie Battle-Holt, an NBCT at the Marina Del Rey Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. “Bootsie and Lori are already helping to drive student learning in their classroom and district roles. As National…

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Look up Apollo: Footprints on the Moon, Pathways on Earth
June 20, 2019

World-renowned Educator (member of NBPTS Board of Directors), Astronaut, and Engineer Dr. Mae C. Jemison has encouraged us all to take a moment from the chaos of our everyday lives to pause and look up at the sky above. By doing so we remind ourselves, and each other, that we are all connected as members of the human race living together as one on this fragile, yet beautiful rock we call Earth. Dr. Jemison invites us all to participate in a monumental digital event entitled “Look Up Apollo: Footprints on the Moon, Pathways on Earth” occurring this summer from July…

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Five National Board Fellows Begin Yearlong Effort to Advance Teaching and Learning Across the Country
June 3, 2019

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is proud to announce our 2019 class of National Board fellows. The five fellows were selected from a highly competitive group of hundreds of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) from across the country: Tammy Kirkland of Mississippi, Matthew Poth of Virginia, Dr. Ann Nkiruka Ifekwunigwe, also of Virginia, L. Juliana Urtubey of Nevada and Ben Lathrop of Minnesota. “These five National Board Certified Teachers are already helping to drive student learning in their classroom and district roles. As National Board fellows, they will expand their reach beyond their local communities to help grow…

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Maintenance of Certification Cost Announced
May 30, 2019

Starting in the 2020-21 cycle, the National Board will provide a new pathway for National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) to keep their certification active. Maintenance of Certification (MOC), is being designed based on best practices and teacher feedback to ensure Board-certified teachers continue to grow professionally while maintaining a strong impact on student learning. MOC will replace the Certification Renewal process. As in other professions, Maintenance of Certification will allow National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) to demonstrate to colleagues, the public, students and themselves that they continue to meet high standards of accomplished practice throughout their careers. The goal of…

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