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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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New Study Finds NBCTs Most Effective
May 2, 2019

A new study investigating the impact of professional development workshops focused on equipping cooperating teachers to support teacher candidates on the edTPA finds that National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) were the most effective at providing feedback to teacher candidates preparing for the edTPA. Published in the Journal of Teacher Education, the report entitled “Investigating the impact of edTPA professional development on classroom practice and student teaching experience” found that National Board Certified Teachers who were cooperating teachers “were able to give substantive feedback to their candidates, and their responses to the interview questions indicated a deep understanding of the demands…

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National Board Advocate Peggy A. Swoger Passes Away
April 18, 2019

It is with great sadness we announce that Peggy A. Swoger, NBCT passed away on Sunday, April 14 in Alabama. She was 82. Peggy was a member of the initial Board for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and positively impacted the lives of many educators. Peggy was an accomplished English teacher, fierce advocate for Board certification, and founding Director of Mississippi State University’s Word Class Teaching Program, and was instrumental in the formation of WCTPs across Mississippi. Peggy will be missed. We are so thankful for the many lives she touched as an educator.

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National Board Fellows Wrap Up 2018-19 Fellowship
February 11, 2019

The five National Board Fellows visited our Arlington offices in mid-February to wrap up their Fellowship and to share highlights of their “passion projects.” Pictured above, from left to right: National Board Fellows Amy Steger, Rodrigo Rodriguez-Tovar, Jaime Festa-Daigle, Melissa Collins, and Melissa Chandler. Amy Steger, NBCT from Eden, NY focused her work on two main areas. Primarily, she helped pre-service teachers become more aware of National Board certification. Collaborating with teachers from across the country,  Amy connected with local universities and schools of education, built material and sought to assure that future educators had early…

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NBPTS Board Member Named Commissioner of Education for Minnesota
December 20, 2018

Minnesota Governor-Elect Tim Walz names NBPTS Board Member Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT as the incoming Commissioner of Education for the state of Minnesota. Congratulations to Mary Cathryn, we look forward to working with her to increase the number of accomplished teachers in Minnesota.

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Data show National Board Certified Teachers Remain in the Classroom
December 14, 2018

According to a recent study conducted by South Carolina’s Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement, the turnover rates among National Board Certified Teachers is much lower than those of all teachers in South Carolina. Specifically, the state’s teacher turnover rate for the 2016-17 school year was 7.7%, yet the rate was only 1.9% for all South Carolina NBCTs. Learn more.

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3,907 Teachers Achieve National Board Certification Bringing National Total to More Than 122,000
December 9, 2018

 3,907 Teachers Achieve National Board Certification Bringing National Total to More Than 122,000 Note: State-level data on National Board Certified Teachers is available here. To identify National Board Certified Teachers in your area, view our searchable directory. ARLINGTON, Va. —December 10, 2018—The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates 3,907 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and another 4,446 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification in 2018. These teachers join a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now more than 122,000 strong across all 50 states. Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a…

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National Board Welcomes New Members of Board of Directors
December 4, 2018

National Board welcomes new directors from North Carolina, Alabama, Michigan, the NEA Executive Committee, Past President of the National School Boards Association and NEA Foundation President ARLINGTON, Va. – December 4, 2018 – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, announced the election of six prominent educators to its board of directors. Elections were held during the organization’s November Board meeting. “Our newly elected Board members bring great energy and expertise; they will make the National Board stronger and help us advance our mission,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board. Joining the NBPTS Board of…

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Teachers Find Out if they Achieved National Board Certification
December 1, 2018

Teachers Find Out if they Achieved National Board Certification Teachers from across the country have received their scores and found out if they achieved National Board Certification ARLINGTON, Va. – December, 1, 2018– The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has notified notify more than 14,000 teachers of their scores and achievement status on their journey towards National Board Certification. Every student deserves teachers who have met the profession’s highest standards for accomplished practice. More than a decade of research from across the country confirms, students taught by Board-certified teachers are one to two months ahead of their peers taught…

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