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Upcoming National Board Webinars
December 2, 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! Continue your National Board Journey (advanced candidates) February 4 Pursue National Board Certification February 10

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Se lanza la versión en español Lo que los maestros deberian saber y poder hacer
November 21, 2019

La Junta Nacional para las Normas Profesionales en la Enseñanza (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards) presentó hoy la versión en español del libro fundamental Lo que los maestros deberían saber y poder hacer (What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do) — también conocido como el libro Qué. Al traducir el libro Qué al español, la Junta Nacional ha aumentado el acceso a este documento profesional esencial para maestros de habla hispana, aspirantes a maestros, padres, estudiantes y otros que trabajan para asegurar que los estudiantes se desempeñan según los más altos niveles. Con 39 millones de hispano…

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Spanish version of What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do Released
November 21, 2019

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards today released a Spanish version of the foundational Lo que los maestros deberian saber y poder hacer (What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do) book — also known as the What book. By translating the What book into Spanish, the National Board has increased access to this essential professional document for Spanish-speaking teachers, aspiring educators, parents, students and others who work to ensure students achieve at the highest levels. With 39 million Spanish-speakers in the United States today, this is an important first step toward ensuring that people who speak the…

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California could address achievement gap by putting a National Board Certified Teacher in every classroom
November 20, 2019

Teachers author report calling on CA to support 15% increase in NBCTs by 2030 The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards released a report today that outlines how increasing the number of highly accomplished teachers in California classrooms, particularly in the state’s high-need schools, could help eliminate the state’s growing achievement gap. The report, “One Million More: Building a Workforce of National Board Certified Teachers for California Students,” includes key recommendations for California legislators to implement to increase the number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the state by 2030.    Authored by Bootsie Battle-Holt, NBCT and Lori Celiz, NBCT,…

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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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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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