National Board Certification

Teacher Preparation Opinion Certification, Genuine Teacher Leadership, and Power Struggles
When authentic, experienced teacher leaders step out of their boxes to speak about education issues, they always run the risk of stepping on the toes--or in the limelight--of someone above them in the pecking order. Simply expressing a widely shared viewpoint feels like subordination to some school leaders. When teachers have a national platform and thousands of readers or fans--when their voice and leadership are elevated--they become a threat.
Nancy Flanagan, November 3, 2015
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Professional Development New National-Board Certifications Still Declining
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced this week that 4,117 teachers received certification from the group in 2013—down 17 percent from the previous year and more than 50 percent from 2008.
Liana Loewus, December 19, 2013
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Federal Opinion Teacher Bashing Is a Loser
Across America, the final votes are being counted and recounted, but we can be sure of one result that will not change: bashing teachers is not a winning proposition in this country. American voters still believe in those teachers that helped shape their lives and that are doing the same for their children, and they are not willing to support ill-conceived policies that demoralize and destroy the careers of their favorite teachers. Even clearer is a second message from this election: those who entrust their children to teachers to nurture and educate them will trust the opinions of those teachers far more than the views of bureaucrats or politicians who promote unsubstantiated programs that are not supported by those who have to implement them. These messages were made very clear on November 6.
John Wilson, November 8, 2012
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Teaching Profession Opinion Teacher Town Hall Exposes Reform Challenges
Teachers are fascinating people---especially when they get a chance to express their sincere beliefs about reform and the impact of that reform on their students and themselves. They are honest, insightful, and passionate about what they do. In these times, they are also a little fed up with the toll certain reforms have taken on the joy of teaching.
John Wilson, September 25, 2012
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Teacher Preparation Opinion National Board Makes Real Reform
It is no secret that I think the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards(NBPTS) is the best hope for building and sustaining a true teaching profession for the United States of America. I support the proposition that National Board Certification should be the norm for teachers, not an elite status. Can we make teaching a profession like all others? Yes, if we are willing to embrace and pay for needed changes.
John Wilson, July 26, 2012
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Teacher Preparation Opinion National Board Certification for All Teachers
Last week, I attended a special celebration on Capitol Hill to recognize the 25th anniversary of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the independent board that certifies accomplished teachers in the United States. Yes, it has been 25 years since the board was created in 1987 by the Carnegie Foundation. This longevity is a testament to thoughtful, research-based reform that respects teachers and challenges them with high expectations.
John Wilson, June 18, 2012
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Teaching Profession Opinion National Teachers Hall of Fame is a Gift
Tell the truth. Did you even know there is a National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF)? Do you know where it is located? Do you know how to nominate someone for induction? If you support the teaching profession, you really should know the answers to these questions.
John Wilson, May 14, 2012
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Assessment Opinion My Predictions for 2012
Happy New Year!
As we approach this new year, many people will be making resolutions and anticipating what the new year will bring to education policy and politics. I am devoting this blog to my predictions for 2012. I invite you to share your predictions by making a comment or emailing me at Now, here are my predictions for 2012:
John Wilson, January 3, 2012
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Teacher Preparation Opinion Pay Teachers What They're Worth
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said teachers should be paid six figures. That's visionary.
John Wilson, December 15, 2011
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Teaching Profession Opinion A Movie that Matters
I always love the holiday season. You get to go to lighthearted movies like Tower Heist or Happy Feet Two. You also get a chance to see dramas like J. Edgar, a sure bet for an Oscar. This holiday season, I want to recommend that you consider another potential Academy Award winner, this one in the documentary category.
John Wilson, November 28, 2011
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Teaching Profession Opinion National Board Certification for Teachers Makes a Comeback!
Have you ever lost something and discovered that it was right in front of you? That's the way I feel about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Everyone is running around chasing after teacher quality when the National Board discovered it 25 years ago.
John Wilson, November 21, 2011
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Teaching Profession What 'NBCT' Means to Teachers
Cindi Rigsbee at The Dream Teacher recalls the moment she found out she'd become a National Board Certified Teacher.
Liana Loewus, November 8, 2011
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Teaching Profession National Board President to Step Down
Joseph A. Aguerrebere, the president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, will step down June 30 after eight years of service, the organization announced in a statement.
Liana Loewus, April 6, 2011
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Professional Development Study: Stipends for NBCTs Don't Pay Off
An incentive program aimed at bringing National Board certified teachers to high-poverty schools in Washington state is not working as intended, according to a new report from the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education. The finding comes on the heels of Gov. Christine Gregoire's proposal to suspend the bonuses paid to NBCTs—including the $5,000 they receive for having the certification and the additional $5,000 awarded to NBCTs who teach in "challenging" schools. She projects the cuts would save the state nearly $100 million in the next two years.
Liana Loewus, March 24, 2011
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