Welcome to Nevada NT3 (Network to Transform Teaching)
“NT3 is designed to advance student learning by strengthening the structures, policies and programs that support teacher growth and development. The partners in this initiative work to dramatically increase the number of teachers who pursue Board certification and strengthen the teacher leadership systems through which Board-certified teachers spread their expertise. In the 2014-15 school year, teachers in NT3 states and districts represented more than one-third of the total national candidate population, a 50 percent increase from the previous year. Moreover, 60 percent of these candidates teach in high-need settings. The rapid climb in candidate volume in these sites is attributed to new methods for recruiting candidates by building understanding of the value for Board certification in schools and districts. In Washington state, partners are using mapping technology to ensure candidates across the state have equitable access to support. This new resource has increased the numbers of candidates in historically underrepresented geographic areas.
‘This investment by the federal government accelerates progress towards the day when every student is taught by an accomplished teacher and when Board certification is the norm, as it is in other professions,” said Peggy Brookins, interim president and CEO of the National Board. “The National Board looks forward to deepening our partnerships with leading states, districts, associations, and other organizations to advance accomplished teaching and to spread the expertise of accomplished teachers.’
As a Networked Improvement Community, NT3 uses a structured approach to find systematic solutions to complex problems using an evidence-based process, balancing local context with nationwide applicability. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement Teaching serves as a guiding partner in this effort. Another critical partner, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), serves as the evaluation partner, sharing lessons and outcomes with the field.
Study after study has proven that the students of Board-certified teachers learn more — and the impact is greater for minority and low-income students. Most recently, a multiyear study in Washington state found that “[Board-]certified teachers are more effective than non-certified teachers with similar experience.” Their findings suggest Board-certified teachers produce gains of up to 1.5 months of additional learning.”
UPDATE (April 2017): Nevada NT3 has earned the opportunity to join the National Board Network Community as a statewide network. Nevada NT3 will partner with education agencies and leaders across the state to serve and support Nevada state students, families, and educators to advance and improve student learning. In such an endeavor, the state district and school communities will be supported through the National Board SEED (Supporting Effective Educator Development) grant and engaging in Improvement Science work.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards [was] awarded a $19.4-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the 2015 Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant competition. The work supported by this grant [builds] on the burgeoning success of Network to Transform Teaching (NT3), launched with funding from a 2013 SEED grant.
The strategic priorities of National Board Certification professional learning addresses educational concerns regarding recruitment, selection, and retention; Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) implementation; and leadership training and development while emphasizing improvement of instruction, professional practice, and student outcomes. These aims align with local district strategic imperatives and state educational goals of academic excellence, increased student achievement, improved learning, and accomplished teaching.
NT3 is committed to supporting educators through service to teaching and learning using the Accomplished Teaching Body of Knowledge (BoK), embedding the Five Core Propositions, the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching and the National Board Standards along the teaching career continuum.
Nevada Network to Transform Teaching
Tonia Holmes-Sutton, Ed.D, is a National Board Certified Teacher and the Nevada NT3 Director. She is co-founder and program director of the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute; established to provide equity and access to National Board Certification to all teachers and students, in all schools, in all zip codes. She also serves as a TeachStrong Ambassador, Nevada State BOE member, a WestEd Board of Directors member, and a Board of Directors member for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (www.nbpts.org)
The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.
Visit National Board for Professional Teaching Standards at www.nbpts.org
Visit the Nevada Department of Education at http://www.doe.nv.gov
Visit the Nevada State Education Association at http://www.nsea-nv.org
Visit the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Network at http://www.nationalboardinstitute.com