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National Board Certified Teachers in Madison Lauded As "Best of the Best"

The Madison City Board of Education honored its new National Board Certified Teachers at the Jan. 11 BOE meeting.

Madison’s 25 new NBCT inductees bring the total number of NBCTs employed in Madison City Schools to 44. An additional two were recertified and another 26 are currently in the process of attaining NBCT status.
Superintendent Robby Parker said, “We have the best kids but we also have the best teachers. These represent the best of the best.”
Madison City Schools produced the most new NBCT's this year among Alabama school districts. Dr. Heather Donaldson, Chief Academic Officer for MCS, said the district recognizes the value in NBCT and remains commited to support teachers who decide to pursue it. 


Group photo of NBCT certified teachers at board meeting

A reception was held after the meeting for the school system’s NBCT educators and candidates. The recognition comes in conjunction with National Board Certified Teachers Week ( #TeamNBCTWeek ). 
National Board Certification is considerably the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. The NBCT standards were created by teachers for teachers and 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.
Approximately 161 educators in Alabama, including the 25 latest ones from Madison City Schools, achieved their certification in 2017 for a statewide total of 2,568. That ranks the state 10th nationwide in both the number of new NBCTs and the percent of teachers who are National Board Certified.

Alabama NBCTs and candidates are invited to join in the celebration of National Board Certified Teachers Week on Twitter using the hash-tags: #TeamNBCT Week, #NBCT Strong, and #NT3.
To learn more about National Board Certification and the Alabama Network to Transform Teaching, contact Dr. LaTonya Barnes, MBCT, at lbarnes@alsde,edu.

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