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National Board Certification for Illinois Educators

What is National Board Certification?
National Board Certification is an advanced, voluntary teaching credential that identifies teachers who have met the high and rigorous standards of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). It was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools across the nation.
More than 112,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have become National Board Certified. As of 2016, more than 6,000 Illinois educators have earned this distinguished certification; Illinois ranks sixth nationwide in number of teachers earning National Board Certification.
IFT President Dan Montgomery is a former member of the NBPTS board, and Executive Vice President Karen GJ Lewis has earned this distinguished certification.

Who can become a NBCT candidate?
Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree, have completed three years of teaching, and must have a valid state teaching or school counseling license.

Who established the Standards?
National Board Standards are developed by teachers, for teachers. A committee comprised primarily of practicing educators first determined what teachers should know and be able to do in 25 certificate areas. They also established five core propositions which set the profession’s vision for accomplished teaching.
The core propositions are:
    1.    Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
    2.    Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
    3.    Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
    4.    Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
    5.    Teachers are members of learning communities.  

The Standards and the National Board Certification assessment process are grounded in these propositions.  

What does the process entail?
Teachers seeking certification must analyze their teaching contexts and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching, and provide student work samples that exhibit growth and achievement. It is a rigorous and time-intensive process. Completion instructions vary based on the certificate area in which you choose to certify, as do the Standards assessed by each of these four components:
    1.    Content knowledge
    2.    Differentiation in instruction
    3.    Teaching practice and learning environment
    4.    Effective and reflective practice

Why should I become a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT)?
National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in the education profession. Research shows that National Board Certified teachers have a powerful impact on student learning. That’s why many districts offer salary increases for those who earn National Board Certification.
Certification may also provide greater job or advancement opportunities, as school and district administrators may look for NBCTs first when making hiring decisions or identifying teachers who should serve as school leaders.

How do I begin the process?
Visit the NBPTS website to get started. Here you can learn about the NBCT eligibility requirements and view or print this detailed guide
You can also visit the NBRC (National Board Resource Center) website. This resource center at Illinois State University is partnered with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to provide administrative and technical support to NBCTs and candidates, including how to begin the application process, information on Illinois’ candidate fee subsidies, and more.

It all comes down to tomorrow. Please VOTE.

by Beth Camplain | Nov 05, 2018
Tomorrow is the most important election of our lifetimes, and I urge you to VOTE!
It’s been another long election season. We’ve been inundated with ads, phone calls, fliers, and news articles about the candidates and the issues. But tomorrow is the most important election of our lifetimes, and I urge you to VOTE!
The choice in this election is crystal clear. We have the opportunity – and the responsibility – to elect individuals who will stand up for our unions, public education, and workers.
From JB Pritzker for governor and Kwame Raoul for attorney general, to congressional candidates Sean Casten (IL-6), Brendan Kelly (IL-12), Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14), to dozens of key legislative candidates, our union has thoroughly vetted and endorsed women and men who share our values. They have committed to listening to our concerns and working with us, not against us. (View a printable list of IFT-endorsed candidates here.)
That is in stark contrast to the last four years under Bruce Rauner.

As IFT members, we know too well how Rauner held our state budget hostage to his unpopular political agenda for more than two years. In the process, he shuttered programs for our neediest citizens, sent tens of thousands of Illinois college students to other states, and forced layoffs of thousands of workers. He advocated for cuts to public pensions, vetoed a bill to increase the statewide minimum teacher salary, and still hasn’t paid our public employees more than two years of back pay they are owed, despite the court ordering him to do so. To add insult to injury, he originally brought the Janus case in Illinois in an obsessive attempt to destroy our unions and take away our voice.
Illinois cannot afford four more years of Bruce Rauner’s failed leadership. And we can’t afford to elect candidates who share Rauner’s views and will continue his anti-worker agenda. 
As a longtime teacher and proud IFT member, I know that when we stand up – and speak out – for our values, we can have a tremendous impact. That is why each of us must exercise our right to vote.
If you haven’t already cast your ballot, I urge you to VOTE tomorrow, November 6th. Polls are open statewide from 6am – 7pm. Find your polling place here.
I thank you, in advance, for taking part in this important election. Together, we will ensure that our state and our students have a brighter future beginning Nov. 7th!

In Solidarity,

Daniel J. Montgomery
IFT President


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