Wisconsin honored some of its newest National Board Certified Teachers over the weekend, celebrating the educators who have completed one of the most stringent and thorough professional development programs for teachers in the country.

This past year more than 100 Wisconsin educators attained certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National Board certification has a significant link to teacher effectiveness; a study found that students taught by National Board Certified Teachers make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by other teachers.

Newly certified teachers gathered over the weekend in Middleton to celebrate their professional development achievements while those starting the process met with mentors.

In 1999, Wisconsin had two National Board Certified Teachers in classrooms. Today, there are more than 780, ranking 18th in the nation.

“We’ve come a long way,” said Nancy Schwartz, regional outreach director for NBPTS.

Schwartz and WEAC Vice President Betsy Kippers helped honor the newly certified NBCTs over the weekend.

“This accomplishment shows how dedicated Wisconsin’s educators are to improving instruction for our state’s students,” Kipper said.

WEAC IPD Consultant Ron Jetty; WEAC Vice President Betsy Kippers; Oconto Falls teachers JoAnn Miller and Candice Behnke; and Nancy Schwartz, regional outreach director for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, join a celebration of newly certified teachers.