Nurturing Teacher Leadership
National Board Certification
Nurturing Teacher Leadership (NTL), established in 1997, is the Chicago Teachers Union/Chicago Public Schools 2 year program of FREE professional development and candidate support that prepares Chicago Public School teachers, counselors, and librarians for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, the highest credential a teacher or counselor can earn.
Nurturing Teacher Leadership has a success rate of more than 90%, significantly higher than the
national average of 70%.
Did you know that:
- Our new contract provides a $2142+ pensionable STIPEND for all National Board Certified Teachers, librarians, and counselors (going up to $2295 by the end of the contract).
- Our 2-year National Board Certification support program (Nurturing Teacher Leadership) is FREE to CTU members.
- You can earn a Master’s Degree and/or graduate credit while going through the NBC process.
- You can move to Lane 5 on the CPS pay scale during the program.
- You earn an ISBE National Board Certification Endorsement on your Professional Educator License – and all the PD Hours you need for your entire re-licensure cycle. And every cycle thereafter National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) only have to complete half the required ISBE PD hours.
- CNA research indicates that students of NBCTs gain 1 to 2 months of additional learning compared to their peers in other classrooms. The positive impact of having an NBCT is even greater for students of color and low-income students.
- Paid teacher leadership roles increase after attaining National Board Certification.
- Research from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research shows that CPS NBCTs score higher on their REACH ratings than non NBCTs.
- CTU manages all National Board Certification programming for CPS.
- More than 2,400 CPS teachers, counselors, and librarians have achieved National Board Certification – earning us the status of being the district with the 3rd largest number of NBCTs in the nation.
- YOUR STUDENTS ARE THE BENEFICIARIES OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING!
More than 2,000 teachers earn National Board Certification; 130,000 now teach to the profession’s highest standards.
Chicago has the 3rd highest number of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) of any district in the nation, AND the 3rd highest number of total NBCTs in the country.
Nurturing Teacher Leadership is celebrating its 25th year of National Board candidate support this school year. It has more than a 90% achievement rate, compared to the 70% national average. NTL provides Lane Placement and graduate credits, as well as an optional Master’s degree with our University partner. The program works with all levels of the NBC process from pre-candidacy through initial candidacy, retake support, renewal and maintenance of certification, and support for NBCT leadership. Teachers, school counselors, and librarians interested in seeking National Board Certification may visit www.ctuf.org/NTL for more information and to register for a recruitment meeting, or write to Lynn Cherkasky-Davis at LynnCherkasky-Davis@ctuf.org,
MORE MEANINGFUL METRICS:
- More than 170 CPS NBCTs have worked in district and union leadership positions, including Principals/Assistant Principals, Network Chiefs of Schools, CPS and CTU Program and Project Managers, as well as the CPS Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness, and the former CTU President.
- There are NBCTs in 335 schools in Chicago.
- 36.1% of CPS NBCTs are educators of color.
- CPS NBCTs receive a $2,295+ annual stipend.
- Illinois has the third-highest number of new NBCTs of any state this year, thanks in large part, to Chicago.
Congratulations to our new and newly renewed National Board Certified Teachers. Click here to see who!
NTL Candidate Testimonials
Middle Childhood Generalist mentors Kathy Barabasz, Shauna Edgar, Kathy Kriston, and Tina Franklin-Bertrand
“The National Board Certification (NBC) process, has provided me the extraordinary opportunity to transform my teaching practice through the Nurturing Teacher Leadership (NTL) candidate support program. I am privileged to be a teacher at a public CPS high school in Little Village and a National Board Certified Teacher. I firmly believe that quality professional development (PD) creates educators who are attuned to research-based practices which drive highly effective classroom instruction. Educational research in the areas of classroom management, school development, childhood development, instructional practices, curriculum development, and assessment expands daily. Teachers must have the opportunities to engage with this knowledge and apply these skills within their own teaching context. This is what my experience with the CTU/CPS NBC program has enabled me to do. I have attended countless PD activities from many different agencies, on top of receiving my graduate degree and endorsement as a transition specialist.
The PD through the NTL program, coupled with candidate mentoring and cohort facilitation through the Quest Center, has exceeded all of these in the amount of knowledge received, opportunities to share experiences with colleagues, support for the implementation of practices that meet high standards, and opportunities to reflect upon and improve my practice. I have grown as an effective educator more through the NBC process than through all other PDs combined. The effect it has had on my students’ achievement is unquestionable. In the year I achieved certification alone my students averaged .5 years of growth in reading, more than in any previous years. All because I was a better teacher. Overall, student growth on interim and performance-based exams also increased. Personally, I improved my organization, efficiency, and relationship with parents. I cannot express enough how essential this program is to the development of teachers throughout the district. I see the proof in myself, in my students, and I the teachers within my building that have also become National Board Certified. I am grateful for Bargaining Agreement Article 44.27 in which CTU and CPS partner to bring NBC to all district teachers, librarians, and school counselors. The achievement gap cannot be reduced without teachers who are supported and given quality opportunities to grow within their profession. Thank you for this opportunity you provided me as a National Board Candidate, as well as the opportunities I have been afforded since becoming National Board Certified.” – Jennifer Rocque, NBCT, Exceptional Needs Specialist
“Nothing in my entire training and experience as a teacher has pushed me harder to be a better teacher than Nurturing Teacher Leadership/ National Board Certification support. NTL’s NBC candidate support program is the real deal. If you are ready, peer into the dark corners of your teaching practice and make the changes that your students really need from you.” – Ira Abrams – Adolescent and Young Adulthood English Language Arts candidate
“NTL has provided me with a wonderful learning community within my English Language Arts cohort. Since candidates in my certificate area are from schools all over the city, I have applied what I have learned from their diverse experiences and perspectives to grow in awareness of my own students’ needs and my ability to provide equitable learning experiences to each child. Even after this program is over, I know I will still have a network of teachers there to support me and help me grow.” – Deirdre Littleton, NBCT – Early Adolescent English Language Arts
“I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful group of educators. I have learned so much not only from my wonderfully supportive and knowledgeable mentors but also from my fellow teachers. We have been able to share ideas in a respected, collaborative space, and I feel like my teaching has already improved since our Summer Institute began in August. Although I know the hardest work is still ahead, I am looking forward to continuing my learning and will remind myself to TRUST THE PROCESS because I know I am in good hands.” – Katherine Young – Early Childhood Generalist candidate