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National Board Standards: Five Core Propositions

What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do
December 2015 | National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do

The National Board Standards aim to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers nationwide. These competencies establish what a teacher should know and what a teacher should be able to perform in order to have a positive impact on student learning. Certifications are available in 25 certificate areas and span across 16 disciplines, from pre-k-12. Additionally, the Five Core Propositions set a vision for the profession and are as follows:

  • Proposition 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  • Proposition 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Proposition 3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • Proposition 4: Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  • Proposition 5: Teachers are members of learning communities.

More details on the National Board Standards and Five Core Propositions can be found on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ website.

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