Teacher Leadership & Development


SFSA is working in SFUSD’s Mission Superintendent Zone to increase the number of National Board Certified Teachers.

SFSA is now starting the second year of creating cohorts of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) across SFUSD. Research, including a 2008 Congressionally-mandated National Research Council report, shows that students taught by NBCTs make higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by non-NBCTs. Literally, instruction by an NBCT is the equivalent of an extra month of instruction by a non-NBCT.

Principals and NBCT mentors at each of the cohort schools are seeing improved professional development, a stronger team culture among their staffs, and a stronger bond between the teacher and his/her students. The program builds on and extends the reach of an existing proven SFUSD human capital program for teachers. This program has strong support from district and union leadership and national recognition and support from the National Education Association and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The purpose of this project is to continue the work to build cohorts of National Board Certified Teachers at five underserved elementary schools. Our main objective is to improve education for children attending these underperforming schools by creating a more professional cohort of teachers and a more cohesive and supportive school staff environment.