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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announces the availability of digital badges
March 9, 2021

It’s #TeamNBCT week and we’re celebrating all National Board Certified Teachers! And we’ve got exciting news! We’re making available a digital badge that accomplished teachers can use to tell the world that they’re an NBCT. We are proud of your accomplishment and hope you will share your success with others. The digital badge is portable and includes the details of National Board certification – NBCTs can show it off in an email signature, a digital resume, on a blog, on a website or on social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. The digital image is clickable and will take…

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More than 2,570 teachers earn National Board certification; national total exceeds 128,500 despite extraordinary year for educators
March 8, 2021

In a remarkable school year, during which in-person learning came to a standstill in many locations, 2,576 educators showed their deep commitment to their students and their own professional learning by pursuing and achieving National Board certification. These teachers came from 48 states and 2,070 schools. Along with 2,484 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who renewed their certificate, a total of 128,550 from all 50 states teach to the highest standards in the profession and impact culture and learning for vast numbers of students, schools, and communities. “The pandemic truly tested the mettle of anybody working in a school setting…

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Jackie Lynn Dillard Parker, NBCT: In memoriam
March 5, 2021

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is mourning the death of Jackie Lynn Dillard Parker, NBCT. She was a champion for the National Board process for years and was particularly impactful in her state of Mississippi. Parker, a National Board Certified teacher herself, devoted her life to public education as a master teacher, program director and innovative educational leader at many levels in Mississippi.  In addition to her work in Mississippi schools, she served as primary contact for the National Board scholarships in Mississippi and helped to design and implement grant programs designed to connect early career teachers to…

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#TeamNBCT Week Overview: March 8-12, 2021
March 4, 2021

Thanks for joining us in our celebration of #TeamNBCT Week! The #TeamNBCT Week Toolkit has everything you need to join in celebrating National Board Certified Teachers: Sample social media posts and graphics Press release with Class of 2020 data Press release template for 2020 NBCTs and renewed NBCTs to personalize and send to your local news outlets and district communications team New Merch Alert – Items in the NBCT Store have been refreshed just in time for #TeamNBCT Week. Get your NBCT pin and check out the new selection of apparel, car, home, and classroom items. The NBCT store is…

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In Mississippi, National Board announces team of 16 teachers selected to bring awareness to benefits of Board Certification and increase diversity among the ranks of Board Certified Educators
January 5, 2021

Jackson, Mississippi- The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is pleased to announce that 16 Mississippi National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) have been selected to serve as NBCT Ambassadors and peer consultants. These expert educators have a mission to increase community awareness of the value, incentives, and support systems available for Mississippi teachers to become Board certified and dramatically increase the number of teachers of color who begin the Board certification process. The teachers serving in the peer consultant role will be focused on identifying barriers that prevent Mississippi teachers from seeking Board certification and working with educators, community…

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Permian Strategic Partnership partner to recruit, retain and support National Board Certified Teachers in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas
December 16, 2020

You can listen to a recording of the call here The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) announced today on a press call a new partnership with the Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP) and the New Mexico National Board Certified Teacher Network to expand and accelerate the work of ensuring all students in the Permian Basin region are taught by accomplished, National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). The initiative focuses on Eddy County (Artesia, Carlsbad and Loving School Districts), NM; Lea County (Eunice, Hobbs, Jal and Lovington School Districts), NM; and Ector County Independent School District, TX. Many schools in…

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National Board Score Release Update
December 3, 2020

Due to the impact of the pandemic on communities, schools and the teaching profession, the National Board provided all candidates an opportunity to extend their submission deadline to October 16, 2020 or defer their candidacy until Spring 2021. These changes led to the need to have multiple score releases for candidates in this cycle. The First Renewal Score Release occurred on October 31, 2020. There are two score releases scheduled: December 12, 2020: Initial certification candidates who completed Component 1 testing by July 15, 2020 and/or submitted all components by June 12 (did not submit any components after June 12)…

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Announces New Board Members
November 19, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. – November 19, 2020 – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), announced today the election of five prominent educators to its Board of Directors, including accomplished educators from Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and New York. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome our newly elected Board members. They bring a wide range of experience and insight and I’m confident that they will help us advance our mission,” said Peggy Brookins, National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), president and CEO of the National Board. Joining the NBPTS Board of Directors are: Melissa Collins NBCT an elementary school teacher…

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Dr. Mary Hatwood Futrell says National Board should have “major role” in redefining education
November 9, 2020

On Friday, November 6, Mary Hatwood Futrell was awarded the 2020 James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching. The award was presented during a meeting of a semi-annual meeting of the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “A number of distinguished people have won this award over the years including President Bill Clinton. When I heard that Mary Futrell would win the award this year, I was thrilled,” said James Kelly, the award’s namesake and first president of the National Board. “Mary is committed to the concept of high and rigorous standards for teachers.…

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Mary Hatwood Futrell to Receive Prestigious James A. Kelly Award
November 5, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. — November 6, 2020 — Dr. Mary Hatwood Futrell, former NEA President and former dean of the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, will receive the National Board’s James A. Kelly Award for Advancing Accomplished Teaching on November 6, 2020. 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. Futrell, who began her teaching career in the segregated schools of Alexandria, Virginia boasts a 60-year career working tirelessly on behalf of educators and…

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