National Board Certification is awarded by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and is the highest credential in the teaching profession. A teacher-driven, voluntary process certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. (About NBC Certification - New Candidate Application.)
As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.
The Hamilton County Department of Education in partnership with the Hamilton County Education Association promotes National Board Certification to its teacher ranks.
Did you know that HCDE and HCEA provide NBC Candidate Support and some incentives for those pursuing National Board Certification? Certified employees who receive National Board Certification receive a supplement of up to $4,000 for each year that they maintain their NBCT Certification in Hamilton County Schools!
Congratulations to Hamilton County's newest NBC teachers (first row: 2015 awardees; second row: 2014 awardees pictured with School Board Chairman George Ricks and Superintendent Rick Smith; third row: 2013 awardees with School Board Chairman Mike Evatt and Superintendent Rick Smith; fourth row: 2012 awardees on left and 2011 awardees on right).