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NBPTS and Amgen Foundation Join to Bolster Science Education
Date:3/1/2011

headquartered, to support National Board Certification candidates and teachers who participate in Take One!, a professional development offering based on the National Board Certification process. The agreement will also provide support for teachers seeking National Board Certification and participating in Take One! at two high schools (Manual Arts, West Adams Prep) operated by MLA Partner Schools in South Los Angeles.

"As we continue our work to improve student learning and student achievement, this generous grant will encourage more science teachers to reach the highest standard in their instructional practice by seeking National Board Certification," said Joseph A. Aguerrebere, NBPTS president and chief executive officer. "This grant exemplifies the continuing support for National Board programs from the business community and why it is important to invest in this proven solution to the challenges facing our schools."In December 2010, more than 8,600 teachers and school counselors achieved National Board Certification, bringing the total number of educators certified by NBPTS to more than 91,000.

In the most rigorous and comprehensive study to date about National Board Certification, the non-partisan National Research Council found that students taught by NBCTs make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by other teachers.About the National Board for Professional Teaching StandardsNBPTS, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization, is an integral part of America's growing education reform movement. In developing, recognizing and retaining accomplished educators, NBPTS provides advanced standards, assessments and professional development resources to support educators at all stages of their professional growth; links subject-matter knowledge and effective teaching practices to student learning and achievement; and helps build and support school-based professional learning communities. Today
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