Joseph A. Aguerrebere
Joseph A. Aguerrebere served for eight years as president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in Arlington, Virginia. NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to advance the quality of teaching and learning in schools.
Prior to leading NBPTS, Dr. Aguerrebere was deputy director of the Education, Knowledge, and Religion unit of the Ford Foundation in New York. In addition to his management responsibilities, his grant-making work focused on working with key national organizations in the development of human capital in education settings in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Aguerrebere was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Garfield High School (the school made famous by Jaime Escalante and the movie Stand and Deliver), he attended the University of Southern California where he earned a BA in political science and MA and EdD degrees in educational administration.
His professional career began as a high school teacher in southern California. He ultimately worked in five diverse school systems, serving as assistant principal, principal, and central office administrator in elementary, middle, and high school settings. He later served as a tenured, full professor of educational administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles, where he prepared teachers and school leaders to work successfully in urban settings. While there, he was director of the Future Teacher Institute and national director of the Consortium for Minorities in Teaching Careers, a multi-state, multi-university collaborative funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
He makes numerous presentations around the country related to the improvement of education systems for all students and has published articles focused on education policies that can contribute to success for all. He is recognized as a national expert on school reform, serves on numerous boards, and is an advisor to education organizations, journalists, and government.