MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State Department of Education is joining the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in recognizing all National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and NBCT candidates throughout National Board Certified Teachers Week, January 8-12, 2018.

Considered the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education, National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. Approximately 161 Alabama educators achieved their certification in 2017, placing the state 10th nationwide in both the number of new NBCTs and the percent of teachers who are National Board Certified.

“Our work at the National Board is based on the belief that every child deserves to be taught by an accomplished teacher. When accomplished practice becomes the norm, the advantage will be significant, spreading beyond students and teachers to be felt by their communities, employers and society at-large,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of the National Board.

Alabama has 2,568 National Board Certified Teachers, while 675 educators are currently candidates for NBCT. The state’s top five school systems in total number of NBCTs are Jefferson County, Hoover City, Birmingham City, Tuscaloosa City and Shelby County. Alabama NBCTs include Teachers of the Year, Milken Educators and Presidential Awardees for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Alabama provides an annual salary supplement of $5,000 upon successful certification as a NBCT. In addition, educators who are pursuing or interested in achieving NBCT receive support from the Alabama Network to Transform Teaching (NT3).

Led by Site Director Dr. LaTonya Barnes, Alabama NT3 aims to provide equitable access to accomplished teaching by building sustainable systems, enabling more teachers to pursue National Board Certification. The initiative places a particular emphasis on low-performing schools, and areas with low numbers of NBCTs.

Alabama NBCTs and NBCT candidates are encouraged to join in the celebration of National Board Certified Teachers Week on Twitter using the hash-tags: #Team NBCT Week, #NBCT Strong, and #NT3. Educators can tag @LaTonyaBarnesAL to enter to win prizes (NBCT Swag) “live” at their respective schools.

To learn more about National Board Certification and the Alabama Network to Transform Teaching, contact Dr. LaTonya Barnes, NBCT, at


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