In honor of their hard work and dedication to the children of Nevada, Gov. Brian Sandoval and Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve have declared November 16 as Nevada National Board Certified Teacher Day. Teachers who achieve this distinguished professional benchmark participate in a rigorous, yearlong process that assesses their instruction practice and content knowledge.
“This is truly a tremendous accomplishment for our teachers, and one that I am proud to celebrate,” said Washoe County School District Superintendent Traci Davis. “There are currently 1,485 Nationally Board Certified teachers in Nevada, and 250 of them teach right here at WCSD. This is a great opportunity to call public attention to their dedication and hard work on behalf of our children.”
Studies show that students who are taught by teachers who have achieved National Board Certification have an additional 1.5 months of learning than students in other classrooms, and that this certification increases teacher retention by an average of 60 percent. Teachers who have successfully completed this training are also 38 percent more likely to work in high-needs schools in Nevada.
Nearly 60 teachers are completing the National Boards process this school year, and 80 more are awaiting their final scores—due in December—for the courses. The Washoe Education Association and Northwest Regional Professional Development Program (NWRPDP) have sponsored these trainings to support teachers since 2013.