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One of the Top Districts in the National Board's Accomplished Program

The Caldwell County School System is one of the top school districts across the country being recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for promoting student learning through accomplished teaching.

The National Board Accomplished Districts program will honor 81 districts in which at least 20% of their teachers have achieved National Board certification. Since 1995, the Caldwell County School System has supported 285 of its teachers through the National Board certification process and currently, 169 employees hold this coveted national designation.

“We are proud to be among the top districts in the nation being recognized for this distinction,” said Superintendent Dr. Donald Phipps.  “We know that teachers drive student learning, and one of the ways we work to assure students have access to the best teachers is to encourage them to become National Board certified.”

Of the 81 school districts receiving recognition, 28 of those are from North Carolina, where teachers receive additional support and earn a 12 percent salary supplement after successfully completing certification.

“National Board Certification is a rigorous process that requires teachers to focus on who their students are and on what their needs are at specific points in time,” said Heather Puhl, National Board Certified Coordinator and Beginning Teacher Mentor. “The reflective nature of the process challenges teachers to find the purpose in their daily work and to make ongoing decisions that positively impact student learning. The fact that Caldwell County Schools has been recognized as an Accomplished District simply brings attention to the meaningful work and unending dedication that our teachers have towards helping our students be successful.”

The Board of Education will recognize the district’s accomplishment at the Oct. 14 Board of Education meeting.