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NEA applauds 2008 class of National Board Certified Teachers

Van Roekel encourages community and leaders to embrace NBCTs


WASHINGTON - December 11, 2008 -

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards® announced the 2008 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs).  For the second straight year, the number of new National Board Certified Teachers hit record-breaking highs with the announcement of 9,600 accomplished teachers who achieved certification. This achievement brings the total number of teachers who achieved National Board Certification to nearly 74,000.

The following can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

"NEA is proud to extend congratulations to the 2008 class of National Board Certified Teachers.  Their knowledge and mastery of the art of teaching and their commitment to academic excellence and service to our students is worthy of great praise.

"NBCTs represent some of the most accomplished teachers in the country. Their achievement is a credit to the profession. At a time when many educators are being forced to choose between staying in the classroom and feeding their families, their commitment to the profession of teaching is reassuring in these trying economic times.  It is also a time for our communities and leaders to reflect on what more can be done to secure the future success of our country and our children.

"Currently, 42 percent of NBCTs are teaching in schools eligible for Title I funding. Unfortunately, the need for high quality teachers and educators in poor and hard to staff schools is significantly greater. Working alongside their colleagues to address critical needs, mentoring new teachers and taking on leadership roles, NBCTs remind us that we must remain vigilant in providing the tools and resources that will assist all teachers in having the academic and social support that will help our students be successful and competitive in the global society.

"NEA encourages more teachers to consider National Board Certification and encourages community and political leaders to embrace and support teachers who pursue it. It is just one of the ways that we can begin to foster change and reinvest in our children and help make great public schools a reality for every child."

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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