MONTGOMERY, Ala. – This week, the state of Alabama is celebrating the official announcement of 171 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT).

This accomplishment is a testament of educators’ professionalism and dedication to student achievement.

National Board Certification is a voluntary teaching credential, which goes beyond state licensure. It focuses on advanced standards for all teachers – what they should know and be able to accomplish in their classrooms.

As of this week, the state of Alabama officially has 2,703 National Board Certified educators. These top educators are positively impacting student achievement in our state, and helping to increase classroom performance.

Schools with National Board Certified Teachers are often characterized by better teacher morale, retention, and increased community involvement. Districts and schools with NBCT educators often drive student learning toward empowering teachers in the classroom. Just under 3 percent of our nation’s teachers have successfully earned this credential. Harvard University’s Strategic Data Project reported students of Board-certified teachers outperformed and gained roughly the equivalent of two months of additional instruction in some courses.

Alabama’s total amount of certified teachers has increased more than 12.6 percent since 2010. There were also 129 National Board Certified Teachers in Alabama to renew their certification.

Jodi Shaw at Pinecrest Elementary School was one of the 171 teachers to becoming National Board Certified. See a full list of Alabama’s new NBCT Educators here.

To learn more about Alabama’s NBCT Program, contact Alabama State Department of Education Administrator, Dr. Debra Graham-Gosha at dgosha@alsde.edu.

 

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