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New Alliance Aims to Increase the Number of World Languages Students Taught by National Board Certified Teachers

CONTACT: Amber Parker
(703) 465-2700

ARLINGTON, VA — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) are pleased to announce an alliance that will, in the future, enable the National Board to expand National Board Certification to teachers of world languages other than French and Spanish. Nationwide, more than 110,000 teachers have achieved National Board Certification, with 1,936 in the World Language certificate area, demonstrating that they have met the profession’s standards for accomplished practice through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process. Working together, the National Board and ACTFL aim to further professional community building in world languages departments, strengthen the teaching of world languages, and increase the number of world languages students who learn from accomplished, Board-certified teachers. Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.

About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students. www.nbpts.org

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,500 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Friday, November 20, 2015