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National Board Adopts Revised Career and Technical Education Standards
December 15, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. —The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has adopted newly revised standards for accomplished teaching in the rapidly evolving field of Career and Technical Education (CTE). The standards, which will be published in early 2015, were created by educators—Board-certified teachers and researchers with distinguished expertise in CTE. They were written to reflect recent advances in research and practice and address the increasing focus on preparing all students for postsecondary success. “In defining accomplished teaching within career and technical education, the revised standards are rigorous, elegant, and move the field forward in significant ways,” said Kristin Hamilton, NBCT, director…

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Kentucky teachers rank sixth in country in latest National Board Certification results
December 5, 2014

With over 3,000 Kentucky teachers to date achieving National Board Certification, the state now ranks sixth nationally and is making progress towards its legislative goal of one NBCT in every school. The National Board is working with the state Department of Education, the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and the Kentucky Education Association to boost the number of Kentucky teachers who pursue and achieve Board certification.  Kyforward.com, Education Professional Standards Board, December 5, 2014 Article

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87 more Chicago Public Schools teachers earn National Board Certification
December 5, 2014

“Fifty Chicago Public Schools teachers renewed their National Board Certification and 87 more have been certified for the first time with the gold standard —  giving CPS the second-highest number of teachers with the national recognition.” Chicago Sun Times, Lauren FitzPatrick, December 5, 2014. Article

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More than 4,000 Teachers Achieve National Board Certification, Profession’s Mark of Accomplished Teaching
December 3, 2014

Results Follow National Poll Showing Broad Public Demand for Certification    ARLINGTON, Va. —December 3, 2014— In 2013-14, more than 4,000 teachers nationwide achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer-review process similar to Board certification in medicine. To date, more than 110,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching, based on standards—created by teachers, for teachers—that define what teachers should know and be able to do to advance student learning.  The results come on the heels of a nationwide poll released in September by PDK International and…

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Washington state tops nation in new board-certified teachers
December 3, 2014

Washington tops the country in the number of new National Board Certified Teachers. The Olympian, Lisa Pemberton, December 3, 2014. Article

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How Do You Make a Great Teacher?
December 1, 2014

Jessica Cuthbertson, NBCT, joins five other education professionals to answer the question, “How Do You Make a Great Teacher?” Cuthbertson proposes pre-service teachers should treat student teaching like a surgical residency. Smithsonian Magazine, Zócalo Public Square, December 1, 2014 Article

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Seven Prominent Education Leaders Join NBPTS Board of Directors
November 20, 2014

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a nonprofit organization created by the teaching profession to set and maintain standards of accomplished practice, announced the election of seven prominent education leaders to its board of directors, including four National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). Elections were held during its November Board meeting. “The seven new directors represent some of the brightest thinkers, most accomplished practitioners and strongest advocates within education today,” said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board. “From Dr. Deborah Ball, an expert on teacher preparation and development, to Rebecca Pringle, a top-ranking official at the NEA,…

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National Board Appoints Pioneering STEM Education Leader Peggy Brookins, NBCT, as Executive Vice President
November 12, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va.  — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has named pioneering STEM educator Peggy Brookins as Executive Vice President, effective December 1st, 2014. A National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) who has championed a rigorous STEM education for all students, particularly girls and minority students, Brookins co-founded the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology (EMIT) at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, in 1994. She will leave her dual role there as director and mathematics instructor in late November. In her 36 years in the profession, Brookins has received numerous honors, including being named a Florida Education Association “Everyday…

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Coalition Launches Roadmap for Transforming the Teacher and Principal Professions
October 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — More than 100 national, state and local civil rights, disability, rural, youth, higher education, principal and education advocacy organizations under the banner of the Coalition for Teaching Quality went to Capitol Hill today to urge Congress to push a comprehensive roadmap for ensuring students in every community have access to well-prepared and effective educators. At House and Senate briefings the coalition will press the importance of profession-ready and effective teachers and principals as key to advancing educational opportunity. “One of the most critical investments we can make is in high-quality education for our children, and that starts with…

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31 Organizations Pledge Support for Teach to Lead
October 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 31 organizations have joined the Teach to Lead initiative as supporters in the effort to advance student learning by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership. Supporters include the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY). Each organization pledged to help engage the field and their members in various ways, including through social media, summits,…

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