Springfield, Illinois – Lisa Boyd, a teacher of Special Education at Sandburg Elementary of Springfield Public Schools District 186, has renewed her National Board Certification through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process. Like Board certification in professions such as medicine and architecture, National Board Certification is the highest mark of accomplishment in teaching.
Lisa has been teaching in District 186 since 1991. She graduated from Cowden-Herrick High School in 1987. Later, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in 1991 and a Master of Science degree from Illinois State University in 1994. Lisa was initially National Board Certified in 2004.
“By renewing her National Board Certification, Lisa has not only demonstrated a strong, ongoing commitment to students and their learning, She is elevating the profession,” said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board. “It is fundamental that teachers keep their practice up to date and in synch with the latest advances in the field. Renewing National Board Certification is fundamental to ensuring that our most accomplished teachers stay accomplished.”
National Board Certification often opens many doors to teachers over the course of their careers. Renewed NBCTs work in leadership roles throughout education, including as mentors and coaches to their peers or in administration, but their achievement shows that they are still grounded in a strong foundation of accomplished teaching.
Research has shown that National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) have a significant impact on student achievement and that their students outperform peers in other classrooms. A 2012 study by Harvard University’s Strategic Data Project found that students of NBCTs in the Los Angeles Unified School District made learning gains equivalent to an additional two months of instruction in math and one month in English Language Arts.