Best of the Best at Austin ISD
Austin ISD is proud to have 213 active National Board Certified Teachers—more than any other school district in the state of Texas. This is in addition to 111 teachers who are working toward certification.
The district has a long history of supporting teachers in achieving National Board Certification, with the first cohort of 10 teachers earning their certification in 2000. AISD is one of the top 20 districts in the nation for the total number of new National Board Certified Teachers.
AISD supports the NBCT program by funding the fees for the components, providing cohort support, paying a stipend each year the teacher is National Board Certified and offering financial support for the recertification process.
National Board Certified Teachers
A National Board Certified Teacher has achieved the highest professional credential in the field of teaching. The certification is a means to professional growth and improvement, and many candidates describe the process as one of the most meaningful professional experiences in which they have participated.
The program is designed to promote excellence in teaching through intense self reflection and study of practice. Teachers who choose to participate in this voluntary certification program document their practices through rigorous reflection and analysis against nationally, established standards of what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. In doing so, they challenge themselves to improve their teaching skills, which in turn benefits their schools and their community.
As a testament to the program, these certified teachers have have also received coveted teaching awards. AISD has had four NBTCs receive the Milken Family Foundation Award, hailed as the ”Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine. Teachers who have achieved certification have also earned or won numerous other awards, including the Disney American Teacher Award, Teacher of the Year, HEB Teaching Awards and honors/recognitions bestowed by professional associations.