Projects: Washington Initiative (WI), National Board Teacher Certification (NBTC)

Authors: Laura Stokes, Becky Carroll, Jenifer Helms, Dianne Maxon

With assistance from Mark St. John, Dawn Huntwork

Type: Report

Publication: June 2004

School and District Administrators’ Perspectives on National Board Certification and Leadership of Teachers: A Study For The Washington Initiative (pdf, 55 pages)


The Washington Initiative for National Board Certification of Teachers (WI) aims to increase the number of Board certified teachers (NBCTs) in the state and to promote the leadership of NBCTs as change agents in schools and districts. Teacher leadership for school reform is a complicated phenomenon because the teaching role is not structured to include direct authority for school leadership; rather, teachers work within a system in which principals and superintendents are authorized to manage school organizations. Inevitably, administrators play a powerful role in establishing a context for the leadership of teachers.

In this study, we document the perspectives of administrators in Washington about National Board certification and the leadership of NBCTs in their schools and districts. We selected administrators who have NBCTs in their schools and districts so that we could learn from their firsthand experiences. Our purpose is to gain insights that can enhance the capacity of both NBCTs and administrators to infuse the wisdom of accomplished teachers into efforts to strengthen teaching and learning.

Intended Audience

School and District Administrators, Teachers, Funders, and general public.


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