LAPS National Board Certified Teacher Allison Washburn
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates 5,470 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and another 3,957 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification.
These teachers join a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now more than 118,000 strong across all 50 states. Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.
The New Mexico Network of National Board Teachers announces a total of 102 newly certified educators, which is a 10 percent increase from previous years.
Los Alamos Public School contributes with one new NBCT. This educator is Allison Washburn. New Mexico ranks 21st in the nation for NBCTs with a total number of 1,152, as well as 18th in the nation for renewing candidates. The top 5 districts in the state include Albuquerque Public Schools, Santa Fe Schools, Las Cruces Public Schools, Rio Rancho School District, and Gallup/Los Alamos.
“I’m so proud to celebrate our new National Board Certified Teachers. This is a great personal accomplishment, but it’s more than that – this accomplishment is reason to celebrate the impact Board-certified teachers have on millions of students nationwide and on the teaching profession at-large. School principals, superintendents and other system leaders from across the country regularly tell me that NBCTs are making a difference in their students’ learning, strengthening their schools and their communities,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
This year’s new Board-certified teachers are the first to certify under the redesigned assessment, developed to be more flexible and accessible for teachers.
Alongside the redesigned assessment, the National Board has released an updated edition of the foundational What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do document and a new Toolkit for School and System Leaders, that shares why and how to embed Board certification as a strategy to improve teacher development and retention.
With nearly 20,000 candidates pursuing certification and new innovative approaches for integrating National Board Standards, National Board Certification, and ATLAS into professional learning systems, the National Board is seeing significant interest and engagement by teaching professionals and policymakers alike.