The National Board Resource Center (NBRC) celebrates 180 new, Illinois National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who achieved certification in 2018. These teachers join a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now more than 6,500 strong in Illinois and 122,000 across the 50 states. Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate our new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). This is a great personal accomplishment, but it’s more than that–this accomplishment is reason to celebrate the impact Board-certified teachers have on millions of students nationwide and on the teaching profession at-large. School principals and systems leaders from across the country regularly tell me that NBCTs are making a difference in their students’ learning, strengthening their schools and their communities,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

In addition to the new NBCTs, more than 1,200 teachers are currently pursuing Board certification in Illinois and over 20,000 nationally. An increasing number of states and districts support growing the number of Board-certified teachers because of the impact they see on teachers and students.