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It Takes a Village

    By: Megan Jenny, NBCT Like most National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), I consider myself internally motivated and self-sufficient. When I entered the teaching profession 15 years ago, I set two goals for myself—earn my National Board Certification and complete my PhD in Education. The goals I set were for me, myself, and I…

Pilgrimage Odyssey, Allegorical Journey of an Ordinary National Board Certified Teacher

  By: Chayanee Brooks, NBCT This is my honest account and recollection of my National Board journey. I know everybody’s journey is unique, but I believe we would agree that it is not a cake walk. As the old saying goes: “If it’s not hard, it’s not worth pursuing” and, to quote my favorite philosopher,…

Midland ISD seeks to recruit, retain and support National Board Certified Teachers

District joins National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Permian Strategic Partnership in efforts across Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) announces today that Midland ISD (MISD) is joining an initiative in which the National Board and the Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP) are working to expand and…

My AP advocacy journey with College Board

    By: Mirta Valdés-Bradner, NBCT I am a World Language teacher at North Caroline High School, in a small rural county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This past year I was recognized as one of only 23 state leads in the national Advanced Placement® (AP) Advocates Program. Through the Advanced Placement® Advocates Program, AP teachers…

How Are You Advocating for School Librarians?

By: Jamie Gregory, NBCT  According to SLIDE: The School Librarian Investigation—Decline or Evolution?, a new study conducted by Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel, our country has experienced a 20% decline in the number of school librarians employed in American school districts in just the last ten years (starting well before the COVID-19 pandemic).…

Be an NBCT to a T (as in Traveler, not Tourist)

    By: Carol Hofer, NBCT If you bet that seeing themselves on video is what most terrifies candidates pursuing National Board Certification, pay up. It’s the editing. But it’s a double whammy- trimming both the video AND the writing!  First, it’s “How am I going to fill up all those pages?” then it becomes,…

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…

When Schools and Pixar Collide: The Value of a Postmortem

By: Danny Hollweg, NBCT I picked up Ed Catmull’s 2014 book, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. Catmull, who is the President and CEO of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, uses stories of Pixar projects to reveal what he’s learned about managing a company, and its creative…

California Acts to Support National Board Certification

The California State Board of Education approved elements of a $250 million grant program to increase the number of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)-certified teachers in high-needs schools. Under the program, any teacher who has attained National Board certification is eligible to receive an award of $5,000 a year for five years if…

Third Party Payers

Third Party Payers These third-party payer resources are designed for states, districts, and organizations interested in providing monetary support to candidates undergoing the National Board certification process. If you are a candidate searching for funding, please visit the In Your State page to learn more about available resources. If you are not a third-party payer and you…