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.

“National Board Certification causes teachers to be very intentional about what they do. National Board Certification Teachers (NBCTs) frame each lesson around the specific group of students they teach. Before beginning a lesson, NBCTs determine what their students can already do; what they need to learn; what instructional strategies will be used to reach all learners; what students will do to show they have met the objective; and what will be taught next to students who have mastered the objective.
NBCTs make plans to work individually with students who don’t meet the objective during the initial lesson, and re-teach using a wide range of instructional strategies and accommodations – to make sure all students succeed. By being intentional about what they teach, NBCTs are able to help diverse groups of students meet objectives and achieve academic success.”

                                                            – Melissa Slater, NBCT

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.