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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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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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