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

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 students taught by other teachers. 

“Especially during a pandemic that has limited the ways teachers are able to interact with students, the additional rigorous assessment and training NBCTs receive helps them to better serve students in communities across Louisiana,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of NBPTS. “We look forward to collaborating with teachers, school districts, community and Legislative leaders, and the Governor to continue to grow the number of teachers in Louisiana who are Board certified. This week and every week, we celebrate educators who have deepened their commitment to their profession and their students in pursuit of academic progress in their classrooms and continued professional innovation and growth despite the COVID crisis,” she added.

“Louisiana NBCTs are honored to receive this tangible recognition from Governor John Bel Edwards proclaiming a day in March for four consecutive years to celebrate, "National Board Certified Teacher Day" in Louisiana. The significance of this day elevates our teachers in Louisiana. Together, we believe all students deserve to have an accomplished teacher in the classroom every day. Our impact in preparing our students for their bright futures has been consistently measured and documented as National Board certification will forever change the trajectory of how we intentionally approach teaching and learning to best support students,” said Dolores Cormier-Zenon, NBCT, President of the Louisiana NBCT Network and Vice Chair of the National Board Network of Accomplished Minoritized Educators.


About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (

The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.