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The Bellevue School District is proud of the educators who recently completed their National Board Certification this past year. They continue the legacy held by the Bellevue School District as one of the top four districts in the nation in the total number of teachers who are board certified. BSD is a National Board Accomplished District, with greater than 40% of teachers achieving this distinguished certification.

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The Gold Standard: Advancing the Quality of Teaching and Learning

Washington state recognizes National Board Certification as fulfilling the requirements for advancing state teaching certification and certificate renewal for five years. Washington regularly ranks among the top five states in the nation with the most new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs).

The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). 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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Professional Development Through Community Partnerships

On Tuesday, April 23, the Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) held an event to honor our National Board Certified educators. Since 2003, BSF has supported National Board Certification among BSD teachers. In 2020, the Foundation received a generous gift of $500,000 from the Hanson Family Foundation to develop the Sherry Ladd Endowment for Teacher Development. This generous gift has been used to encourage and support National Board Certification for teachers in the district by paying for certification costs not otherwise covered.

During this Education Connections event, teachers, administrators, families and the Bellevue community recognized the dedication of our educators and celebrated two decades of BSF funding for the initiative. Learn how you can honor a teacher or staff member by making a donation in their name through the Bellevue Schools Foundation’s Staff and Educator Appreciation event.


The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.