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PHILADELPHIA -- The School District of Philadelphia has partnered with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to help reestablish the National Board Teacher Support Program at Temple University. The effort is made possible by a four-year grant from the William Penn Foundation to Temple University College of Education.

Created by teachers, for teachers, National Board Certification is the profession's mark of accomplished teaching. The program will provide multifaceted support to teachers going through the certification process. The collaboration aims to support wide dissemination of this program to embed National Board certification across the District and special attention will be paid to teachers in Academic Priority Schools.

“National Board Certified Teachers are highly accomplished, passionate advocates for our students, and we look forward to this exciting partnership that will help even more teachers in Philadelphia to obtain this significant distinction,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia.

“This partnership and the support of the William Penn Foundation recognizes the strength of the college in its preparation of educators to the highest standard who are equipped to make a difference in the lives of students in Philadelphia,” said Gregory Anderson, Dean of the Temple University College of Education.

“The Federation fully supports the efforts of this program,” said Jerry Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. “Earning National Board certification is a prestigious accomplishment and this program will assist many of our educators on their journey toward certification.”

The program will strive to improve student achievement in Philadelphia by supporting more than 300 teachers pursuing National Board certification. The support will include mentoring to support candidates, scholarships to cover fees and networking opportunities for candidates and current National Board Certified Teachers.

Additionally, a course which will enhance content knowledge in early grade literacy and provide proportional alignment to city-wide early grade literacy efforts will be offered. Candidates will be offered workshops to develop an understanding of the certification process. The program will utilize innovative recruitment approaches including cohort-based support for teachers.

“We know that having groups of teachers working together to achieve Board certification has an immediate impact on teachers, schools and communities,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “It impacts culture and drives all teachers to set higher standards for their work. Extensive research shows the impact of Board certification on student achievement and teacher retention. Our team at the National Board will work side by side with the Philadelphia team to help build this program as we work in parallel with others around the country.”

The first cohort of candidates will be formed during spring 2017, with support beginning during the summer. Information sessions for potential and current candidates and current NBCTs who would like to mentor new candidates will begin in March.

For more information about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, please visit For more information about the National Board Certification Support Program, please contact Chris Sadjian-Peacock at


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