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National Board Launches Teacher-Led Advocacy and Awareness Efforts in Mississippi to Build an Accomplished and Diverse Teacher Workforce
July 2, 2020

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that it has recently been awarded a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation totaling $700,000 over two years. The National Board’s focus with the grant resources is to accelerate Mississippi’s trajectory towards becoming a national model for Board-certified teachers.  Like many states, Mississippi struggles with teacher shortages, which negatively impact the quality of student learning. At the same time, teachers of color make up less than one-third of the teacher workforce in the state, compounding inequities for students of color, which make up more than 55% of Mississippi students.…

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Support for National Board Certified Teachers approved in 30 states
June 18, 2020

ARLINGTON, VA — June 18, 2020 — In 2019 and 2020, 15 states have advanced policies to support and incentivize teachers to become National Board certified, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today.  With these new mandates in place, 30 states now have policies that encourage teachers to pursue National Board certification, and help ensure that every student benefits from an accomplished teacher. Decades of research show that students of National Board-certified teachers (NBCTs) learn more — gaining six to eight weeks of additional student learning as compared to their peers. “High-quality teaching is the most important in-school…

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Facebook and National Board Webinar on Digital Wellbeing
May 21, 2020

The disruption of traditional learning environments has had an instant impact on students, parents, and teachers. In support of mental health awareness month and in partnership with Facebook, the National Board held a live panel on May 20 to provide Tools to Help Students Manage Their Digital Wellbeing.  This webinar was part of the National Board’s Core Connections series, which has included 35 webinars since March 16. Replays and resources, including certificates of attendance are available for all events including the digital wellbeing webinar. The conversation was moderated by Ph.D., NBCT and President of Learn ELAtion, Stacey Donaldson, and provided…

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National Board Certified Teachers are showing up for students, families and communities during the COVID-19 crisis
May 5, 2020

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards releases new brief highlighting ways that policy leaders can support teacher leadership Arlington, VA — May 4, 2020 – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards released a policy brief today highlighting examples of how National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) from across the country are using their leadership skills to help students, families and communities weather the current COVID-19 crisis. The brief also includes recommendations for school, district and state leaders on how to support teacher leadership both during this crisis and in the long-term.  The brief, entitled Teacher Leadership in Uncertain Times: Recommendations…

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Arizona NBCTs Granted Policy Win
February 19, 2020

The Arizona Board of Education recently announced that educators in the state who are applying for state certification renewal may now use National Board Certification in lieu of clock hours of professional development. This comes after Arizona made a $15,000,000 investment in the Teachers Academy in 2019.  Learn more. State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman tweeted her support of the policy win. Because of the rigorous process to qualify for and maintain a @NBPTS certificate or CCC-SLP ASHA certification, these educators have exceeded the clock hours required for renewal & no longer need to submit verification of professional development hours or college…

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National Board Recognizes 11 Districts for Commitment to Accomplished Teaching
December 18, 2019

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 11 school districts have been named National Board Accomplished Districts for their investment of resources to support advancing quality teaching through National Board Certification. These districts join 81 accomplished districts designated earlier this year in their efforts to encourage teachers to be their best and effectively drive student learning. “Each of these districts have taken extraordinary steps to impact student learning through National Board certification. Their commitment – through financial resources and dedication to creative programming is having an impact on teachers and students and I’m proud to recognize that…

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More than 3,800 teachers achieve National Board Certification — bringing national total to more than 125,000 teachers
December 9, 2019

Note: State-level data on National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) is available here. To identify NBCTs in your area, view our searchable directory. ARLINGTON, Va. —December 9, 2019—The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is proud to welcome 3,831 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), who are helping students reach their highest potential in 2,914 schools in 46 states. Together with 4,786 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification this year, these new NBCTs join a growing community of more than 125,000 Board-certified teachers across all 50 states. More than half of the new NBCTs teach in high-need schools, and…

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National Board’s new board members include the nation’s top educator, leaders from Washington and West Virginia
December 5, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va. – December 4, 2019 – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), announced today the election of three prominent educators to its Board of Directors, including the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, the 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year and a new teacher mentor and author. “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…

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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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