A Benchmark for Teaching Excellence
Since 2003, the Foundation has provided more than $750,000 to support National Board certification in the Bellevue School District. This funding helped teachers cover the cost of certification and provided National Board-certified facilitators to mentor applicants through the process.
As a result, more than 400 teachers in our public schools are National Board-certified. For the 2017–18 school year, Foundation supporters will invest $30,000 to help more educators achieve the “gold standard” of teaching by supporting a National Board Certified facilitator and videography services.
Multiple studies have shown that the National Board Certification process makes a measurable impact on student learning, engagement and achievement, especially for struggling students. Data from Bellevue, as well as national sources, helped influence the Washington State legislature to provide bonus pay for National Board-certified teachers. Additional legislation, passed by the state in 2009, now provides no-interest loans to help cover certification fees.
We are proud to be a part of this transformational program in Washington State, a program that yields great benefit to children and youth across the state.
We honor the Bellevue teachers who worked hard this past year to achieve this distinction. Congratulations!
Read the Washington State NBCT profile prepared by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.