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What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do

What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do articulates the National Board’s Five Core Propositions for teaching. Similar to medicine’s Hippocratic Oath, the Five Core Propositions are held in common by teachers of all grade levels and disciplines and underscore the accomplished teacher’s commitment to advancing student learning and achievement. Together, the propositions form the basis of all National Board Standards, which describe how teachers enact the Propositions in particular content areas and with students of particular developmental levels, and serve as the foundation for Board certification. National Board Certification—created by teachers, for teachers—is the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching.

This significant document highlights the Five Core Propositions of National Boards. All of the National Board standards directly relate back to one of the Five Core Propositions.

Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
Teachers are members of learning communities.

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