The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) offers a voluntary, advanced certification for teachers with three or more years of experience. Through an intensive process that takes one to three years to complete, teachers provide evidence of teaching and learning to meet the rigorous NBPTS standards.
NBPTS announces the NBCT class of 2009, click here to learn more.
CSTP partners with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Education Association to implement the system of support for NBPTS candidates, as well as leadership training and support for National Board Certified Teachers. This well-organized system of support is heralded as a national model.
In 1998, Washington State had 51,512 classroom teachers, but only 29 of them were National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). By 2009, the number of NBCTs in Washington had grown to 3,975-5th in the nation in total numbers, and 2nd in the nation in new teachers certifying that year. The state's successful strategy for increasing the number of NBCTs year by year is a good story, but what happens after teachers achieve certification is an even better one. Click here to learn more.
Washington State National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) are active in their schools, districts and at the state level. For example, CSTP has partnered on two NBCT policy summits in 2006 and 2009. In 2006, our state's accomplished teacher leaders crafted policy recommendations to provide solutions to the difficult issue of recruiting and retaining accomplished teachers in high-needs schools. In 2009, NBCTs prioritized the sequence of funding for the instructional elements included in House Bill 2261 over an eight year implementation period. Recommendations from both events were presented to policy makers.
National Board Certified Teachers: Excellence, Leadership, Results is a 10-minute video that delivers real-life, classroom-focused examples of National Board Certified Teachers making a difference in students' lives.