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What is National Board Certification?

National Board Certification

What is it?

The idea that teachers could be evaluated using professional standards created by teachers, for teachers as adapted to the situations in which they taught was no longer a fantasy. The letters “NBCT” after a teacher’s name is the highest honor a member of the profession can attain.

From What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do preface by Lee Shulman, Emeritus Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education. 

Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher involves a 1-3 year process in which you submit four components that show your accomplished practice. This is a voluntary process, created by teachers and scored by teachers. There are 25 certificate areas that cover most teachers or counselors setting. Each certificate has a set of Standards that were written by accomplished teachers in that certificate. They create a vivid picture of what accomplished teaching looks like in that certificate. Please explore the certificates and Standards here.

Introductory Seminar recording

Our Introductory Seminar presentation goes into the specific details and explains about the kind of support you can find at Stanford.

California Accomplished Teaching Ambassadors

Go to our California page to meet our Ambassadors, watch our CTA Introductory webinar that the ambassadors conducted, and learn about opportunities throughout California.


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