Administrators: Are you searching for a way to develop and retain your teachers?

The National Board Certification process and Body of Knowledge has been proven by research to increase teacher effectiveness and retention, and improve student achievement.

California school districts leverage National Board certification to address several areas of need and policy priorities, including CSTP, ESSA Plans and the Teacher Continuum.


Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAPs)

California Funding Structures and Accountability enable districts to use funds for National Board Certification.

Local Control Accountability Plan

These district LCAP documents illustrate how investing in teachers and using the National Board Certification process to strengthen teachers’ ability to address areas of greatest need is a research-proven approach.


Using National Board to Address ESSA Plans

Districts use National Board to support teachers in high needs settings.


California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP)

California’s teaching standards align with the standards and components of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. When teachers use the National Board resources, they are directly addressing California STPs. This document shows the alignment between National Board’s Five Core Propositions and California’s Professional Teaching Standards.


Teacher Continuum

Smart districts invest in their teachers long term resulting in better retention, increased student performance, and sustainable teacher leadership. Read about the Policy Priority: Building the Pipeline


Professional Learning Schools

Throughout the country, education systems are using the National Board process and Body of Knowledge to develop and retain teachers. To learn more, contact Tammy Harris, Director of Outreach and Engagement at National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, NBCT at

What teachers say about the National Board process:

"The certification process focused me on examining my teaching practice in a way no other PD experience has. It forced me to compare it to an external set of standards rather than my own."