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NEA congratulates Terry Holliday on NBPTS election

Lily Eskelsen García: Dr. Holliday’s experience will allow him to be an effective advocate for education

WASHINGTON - December 05, 2015 -

The National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) announced yesterday that Terry Holliday, Ph.D., has been elected Chairman of the NBPTS Board of Directors, succeeding former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise who served in the role since 2009. Both NEA President Lily Eskelsen García and Vice President Becky Pringle serve on the NBPTS Board.

The following can be attributed to National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García:

“NEA congratulates Dr. Holliday on his appointment as chairman of the NBPTS Board of Directors. His experience as an educator and as a leader in increasing teacher quality will allow him to be a knowledgeable and effective advocate for public education, educators and students

“Dr. Holliday has always had a keen understanding of the issues facing educators and student learning, and the role educators must play in shaping the future of education and the profession. He worked collegially and effectively with our affiliate, the Kentucky Education Association, during his tenure as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education.

“KEA President Stephanie Winkler said, ‘During the six years I worked with Dr. Holliday, he consistently advocated for teacher leadership and for holding all school employees to high standards to ensure the best possible education for all students.’”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing nearly 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

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