Every professional needs time to think, learn, and strengthen skills, and teachers are no exception. Good staff development programs can reinvigorate teachers. Poor ones can demoralize them.
High quality professional development requires a commitment of money and time. NEA believes school districts must provide time during the regular workday and work year for study, research, reflection, and collaboration with colleagues.
National Board Certification is an advanced credentialing process, with its certificate signifying that the holder has met the highest standards established for the teaching profession. NEA sees advanced, voluntary certification as an important part of its long-standing efforts to enhance standards for the teaching profession. The Association is the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' (NBPTS) most active supporter and promoter of its high standards for accomplished teaching.