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Board Members

The National Board is governed by a 29-member board of directors, the majority of whom are National Board Certified Teachers and teaching professionals. The other directors include a former state commissioner of education, school board leaders, higher education officials, union leaders, and community leaders.

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NBCT Takes Red Sox Starting Pitcher to Bat
Carlee Soto, NBCTApril 25, 2019

What do you do when you and your students are researching a current American hero and they “go wild”? I work at an International Baccalaureate school where we promote taking action on societal issues. After much discussion with colleagues and students, I wrote a letter to inform Red Sox starting pitcher, Rick Porcello, of his behavior and its effects on my lesson plans and students. On opening day at Spring Training in Ft. Myers, I gave the letter to Porcello along with a gift bag of children’s books. Porcello read the first sentence of the letter and asked me to…

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ESEA should invest in the continuum of the education profession
Rachelle Moore, NBCTJanuary 27, 2015

Editor’s Note: Rachelle Moore, a Board-certified first-grade teacher from Seattle, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act (ESEA). The following is her testimony. To watch a video of the hearing and see the testimony of other witnesses, click here. http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=501f2541-5056-a032-5289-c10bc632ec00 To see the National Board press release about Moore’s testimony, click here: https://www.nbpts.org/newsroom/board-certified-teachers-urge-congress-use-esea-reauthorization-strengthen-teaching Thank you Chairman Alexander, Senator Murray, and distinguished committee members for the opportunity to speak today.  Good morning, everyone. My name is Rachelle Moore and I am a National Board Certified Teacher and…

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Knowledge of Students
Kelly PaceJune 16, 2017

Life is all about connections. Early in my teaching career, I prided myself in connecting with my students. I thought I could relate to them easily, and that I truly understood who they were. Our proximity of age did not produce the disconnect that many veteran teachers experienced. Yet, as I think back to two separate situations among many, I realize in hindsight that I didn’t know my students at all. The first situation occurred in my second year of teaching. I was trying to help my students appreciate poetry by having them write their own original poetry. On the…

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Advocacy for National Board Certification

Join us in elevating the teaching profession to ensure great teaching for all students National Board Certified Teachers and policymakers are driving change by creating a world-class teaching profession through the National Board Certification process. Please share these resources supporting Board Certification and do your part to advocate for Board Certification. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJk3JLkclFI&t=7s Key Advocacy Resources Impact Brief State Incentives Chart Using Federal Grants for Board Certification Advocacy Toolkit NBCTs are leading during the COVID-19: Share ideas with policy leaders for recognizing and supporting teacher leadership. NBCTs are advocating for solutions to teacher shortages and teacher diversity: Drive…

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Why Certify?

Reasons to Certify? There are many reasons to become board-certified. Board-certified teachers prove their effectiveness in the classroom every day: Students learn more. A decade of research shows that students of Board-certified teachers learn more than their peers without Board-certified teachers. Studies have also found that the positive impact of having a Board-certified teacher is even greater for minority and low-income students. Teachers improve their practice. Board Certification allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession. Demonstrate a commitment to excellence. Schools with National Board Certified Teachers…

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NBCTs Take a Stand in Support of Educational Policies
Java Robinson, NBCTJuly 15, 2016

From July 2-7, 2016, approximately 10,000 delegates convened in Washington, DC at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly (RA) to advocate for legislation to promote academic and social justice for all students. Among those present were members of the NEA NBCT caucus. These NBCTs work diligently at the RA to do the necessary work, but they are not the only ones.  All around the country NBCTs are taking action by lobbying legislators, writing letters, reaching out to the community, educating all stakeholders, using data and statistics and other means to identify faults and propose improvements in education systems. On…

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National Endowment for the Humanities Reinvigorated My Teaching Career, and We Should Want More of That
Jonathon Medeiros, NBCTJanuary 22, 2018

“The world belongs to those who can imagine it.” – Luis Valdez Teachers hear many voices over the course of a career. We hear our own voices driving us. We hear students’ voices. We hear the voices of the public, sometimes calling us names, and the voices of our colleagues and administrators calling us in many directions at once. We also hear voices echoing from offices at the District or State or farther afield. Luis Valdez, activist, playwright, and director of Teatro Campesino, was a guest lecturer and inspiring voice at a summer course I attended recently. We studied the…

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Education on the Pulse of Change: Virtually Closing the Gap
Elizabeth Brown-Davis, NBCTJuly 27, 2020

The surge in media coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests overwhelmingly exposes systemic oppression within our country’s institutions. Of such institutions, public education embodies an oppressive system adversely impacting various ethnic subgroups. Studies indicate that inequitable structures in education sustain negative outcomes for Black male students, especially those with disabilities (Booker, 2018). Inequitable structures include, (but are not limited to), biased standardized testing, a lack of resources, inexperienced teachers (Harris, Ingle & Rutledge, 2016). Distant learning amplifies structural inequities for disadvantaged African American male students with ADHD. The inequity of e-learning is amplified by the…

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“Why are you still in the classroom?”
Laura Bradley, NBCTSeptember 20, 2018

My first year of teaching was so traumatic that 30 years later I still shudder at the memories. Not only was I woefully unprepared for the challenges of working with middle school students, but I had no idea how to plan engaging lessons and long-term units. I remember sitting alone at my desk on a staff development day, after our principal told us to work on our year plan. I stared at my blank lesson plan book and thought, “I don’t know what I’m doing next week, let alone next month and the rest of the year!” Of course I…

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