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News Release - Celebration Will Honor Teachers With National Board Certification

Jan. 21, 2011

News Release

Celebration On Monday, Jan. 24, Will Honor Teachers With National Board Certification

The Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Education Association and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will honor 65 Colorado teachers who achieved National Board Certification in 2010 and 16 teachers who recertified for another 10 years.

The Jan. 24 event will be held at CEA, 1500 Grant St., 4th floor board room, in Denver. The agenda follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. – Welcome
    • Jami Goetz, executive director, CDE’s Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensing
    • Robert Hammond, commissioner of education
    • Karen Wick, CEA lobbyist
    • Linda Barker, CEA director of teaching and learning
  • 9:30 a.m. – Leave for State Capitol
  • 10 a.m. – Recognition by Rep. Nancy Todd and Sen. Evie Hudak
  • 11 a.m. – Return to CEA
    • Nancy Shakowski, NBPTS regional outreach director, “What’s Next for NBCTs?”
    • Kim Ursetta, NBPTS board of directors
    • Joyce Joyce, Learning Forward
  • 11:45 a.m. – Jane Goff, member, state board of education
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. – Recruitment and next steps


Colorado ranks 25th among all states in the number of teachers achieving board certification this year and ranks 26th in the total number of teachers (545) who have earned National Board Certification over time.

Colorado NBCTs joined nearly 91,000 teachers nationally who have achieved National Board Certification.

The number of NBCTs nationally has more than doubled in the past five years (from more than 47,000 in 2005 to more than 91,000 in 2010).

More than half of all teachers with National Board Certification teach in Title I-eligible schools as reported by National Center for Education Statistics.

The state’s top five school districts in terms of the cumulative total of nationally board-certified teachers (based on current employment) are Denver Public Schools (78), Boulder Valley School District (77), Cherry Creek Schools (76), Douglas County School District (49) and Mesa Valley County School District 51 (40).

National Board Certification is a widely respected model of pay-for-performance and is supported by teachers and administrators nationwide. More than two-thirds of the states provide salary incentives and/or cover a portion of the cost for teachers who pursue and achieve this advanced credential. The Colorado State Legislature has provided a $1,000 scholarship to match the amount of the federal scholarship to those seeking certification; however these funds are not allocated in the 2011-12 budget.

For more information regarding National Board Certification and teacher stipends, contact Anne Marie Roberts in the Office of Professional Services at 303-866-6648 or

For more information on NBPTS, visit

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