Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ten Ways to Advocate for Our Students

The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: 
  • maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do;
  • providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards;
  • advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.   (
How can I advocate for our student?

  1. Invite a legislator to your school/classroom to allow him/her to see a regular day of school and begin a dialogue about what teachers need to be more successful. You can find your local legislator at
  2. Email a legislator about a particular concern that you have that is affecting you and your students.
  3. Include a legislator's Twitter name in tweets about your school/school system.
  4. Invite a legislator/central office administrator to a school event that you sponsor.
  5. Encourage other teachers to pursue National Board Certification. You know who the phenomenal teachers are in your building. Start the conversation with them. Sometimes, we need some validation and push to get to the next level of professional growth.
  6. Send an email sharing a success in your classroom with your local media, policy makers, city council, business owners, and board members. It can be as simple as an example of student work or a photograph.
  7. Share personal stories of how being an NBCT has affected your teaching and students’ achievement.
  8. Stay positive on educational related issues.  Remember, you are a voice for the profession.
  9. When you introduce yourself in education related settings, tell people you are a National Board Certified Teacher. Add NBCT to your email signature. This clarification will solidify the connection between certification and best practices.
  10. Hang your National Board Certificate in your classroom or office. It’s evidence that you know how to apply your knowledge of pedagogical practice to positively impact student learning.

Join us for our Twitter chat on advocacy on Monday, March 8, 2015, at 8:00 PM CST. Use the hashtag #ALNBCT during the chat.

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