Rodriguez-Tovar, Texas Educator, Added to NBPTS Board of Directors

ARLINGTON, Va. – November 10, 2021 – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), announced today the election of Rodrigo Rodriguez-Tovar, a prominent educator from Austin, Texas, to its Board of Directors.

“I am thrilled to welcome Rodrigo to our Board of Directors. For years, he has been a champion of our work and a beacon for educators in Austin, in Texas and across the country. His experience and insight will help us advance our mission,” said Peggy Brookins, National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), president and CEO of the National Board.

Rodrigo Rodríguez-Tovar, a National Board Certified Teacher,  is a Dual Language Instructional Coach for the Austin Independent School District. He holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning styles from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. He is a facilitator at the district level and a big advocate for Great Public Schools and Dual Language. He works with the National Education Association (NEA) English Language Learners (ELL) Cadre in providing professional development workshops to educators across the nation with Advocacy for ELLs, Standards-Based Instruction and Lesson Development for ELLs, and Assessment of ELLs, and also, supports educators who are transitioning out of the classroom to become instructional coaches within the NEA CAMI- Coaching and Mentoring Initiative. Mr. Rodriguez believes that coaching supports teachers to improve their capacity to reflect and apply their learning to their work with students and also in their work with each other.

Rodrigo was elected during the National Board’s November board meeting to join other education and business professionals who serve three-year terms on the NBPTS Board — including Dr. Travis Bristol, assistant professor of education at the University of California, Berkeley, the new chair of the Board.  The majority of NBPTS board members are NBCTs.

Nationwide, more than 128,000 teachers have achieved National Board Certification, demonstrating that they have met the profession’s highest standards for accomplished practice. National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas, from Pre-K through 12th grade.

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The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.