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A look at how National Board Certification can help you improve student learning outcomes.

Sep 21, 2021

One major pillar of student achievement is having a stellar educator at the helm of the classroom to foster learning and growth. And one of the most significant tools for elevating educators is National Board Certification. This certification recognizes when a teacher has met the highest standards set by the educator profession.

Arizona K12 Center offers resources and support for teachers pursuing the rigorous and rewarding certification process. From candidacy coaching to assistance with fees, the Center is dedicated to helping Arizona’s teachers shine. But certification is about so much more than just a teacher earning a title of distinction. Here’s a look at how National Board Certification helps students excel.

You Become a Stronger Teacher

Undergoing the peer-reviewed and performance-based process of National Board Certification empowers you as an educator to analyze your professional skills daily. Doing so encourages you to strengthen weaknesses while also honing your proficiencies. And the process of continued reflection challenges you to not only cultivate and maintain a proven track record of excellence but to also set new goal posts in your teaching. All of that effort trickles down to the students sitting before you. They witness true dedication and leadership, while gaining an unparalleled learning experience that’s sure to translate to greater student achievement.

Your Students Learn More

Students taught by board-certified educators see an improvement in academic performance that is equivalent to an estimate of one to two months of additional instruction, according to an impact brief from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Student work samples showcase a deeper learning that’s three-fold when compared to classrooms taught by non-board-certified teachers. And test scores in several subjects tend to be higher when students are taught in board-certified classrooms.

Students Get Personalized Instruction

The National Board Certification process champions learning tailored to individual students. Teachers assess students’ strengths and needs and then develop and apply lesson plans that improve academic performance. Teachers then analyze students’ work for progress or pitfalls and make adjustments as necessary to ensure individual and classroom achievement as a whole. This individualized method helps ensure no student gets left behind, regardless of gaps or a dearth of resources. Your students know you see them, that you understand their individual talents and interests, and that you want to help them overcome any hurdles.

You Improve Education in Your Community

Policies and procedures solidified outside of the classroom impact what happens inside it. School administrators, school board members, and fellow teachers often look to National Board Certified Teachers as leaders. Being board-certified may help you improve student learning outcomes at both the school and community-wide levels — not just in your classroom. Plus, you’ll become a mentor and a valued resource to other educators in your school who want to bridge learning gaps and elevate achievement within their own classrooms. National Board Certified Teachers help pull other educators up, and in doing so they pull up more students than just their own.

Become a National Board Certified Teacher

National Board Certification is the highest certificate U.S. educators can achieve. We can help you get there with our proven system of support and resources. Learn more.

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