First published in 1989 and updated in 2016,  What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do articulates the National Board’s Five Core Propositions for teaching. The Five Core Propositions — comparable to medicine’s Hippocratic Oath — sets forth the profession’s vision for accomplished teaching.

Together, the propositions form the basis of all National Board Standards and the foundation for National Board Certification.

The Propositions in Action

What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do


Nevada NT3 (Network to Transform Teaching)

Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better

“As a field, education has largely failed to learn from experience. Time after time, promising education reforms fall short of their goals and are abandoned as other promising ideas take their place. In Learning to Improve, the authors argue for a new approach. Rather than “implementing fast and learning slow,” they believe educators should adopt a more rigorous approach to improvement that allows the field to “learn fast to implement well.”

Using ideas borrowed from improvement science, the authors show how a process of disciplined inquiry can be combined with the use of networks to identify, adapt, and successfully scale up promising interventions in education. Organized around six core principles, the book shows how “networked improvement communities” can bring together researchers and practitioners to accelerate learning in key areas of education.”


    The Six Core Principles of Improvement

  1. Make the work problem-specific and user-centered.
  2. Variations in performance is the core problem to address.
  3. See the system that produces the current outcome
  4. We can not improve at scale what we can not measure.
  5. Anchor practice improvement in disciplined inquiry.
  6. Accelerate improvements through networked communities.