National Board Certification, Professional Development
December 04, 2014

Congrats to the NBCT Class of 2014

Author: Sylvia Saunders
Source: NYSUT Communications

NYSUT proudly salutes the 106 New York teachers who achieved National Board Certification for 2013-14.

The successful candidates, or NBCTs, came from every corner of the state in districts big and small. Here's the complete list released this week by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The 106 educators are among more than 4,000 nationwide who this year achieved the profession's gold standard for accomplished teaching. The rigorous undertaking involves a performance-based peer review process similar to Board certification in medicine.

New York ranks 11th in the nation for new Board-certified teachers, thanks to support from the union, Teacher Center programs and locally based support groups. NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino said the state's Albert Shanker grant program, which provides funding to help teachers seek certification, has been essential, as well.

National Board Certification is offered in 25 certificate areas from pre-K-grade 12. Research has shown that students of NBCTs learn more than their peers in other classrooms, which is why many states and districts offer incentives for teachers to pursue National Board certification.

NYSUT also congratulated the 26 New York teachers who completed the process to renew their National Board certification.