2012-2013 Final Year of Federal Subsidy for Teachers Seeking National Board Certifications

Cina Lackey

By Cina Lackey
SDE Certification / Professional Standards Coordinator

Act now to take advantage of what will be the final year of federal subsidies for candidates seeking National Board Certification.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will provide one final year of subsidies to first-time candidates for National Board Certification as it shifts the focus of it funding efforts. All eligible candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as the Board has expressed a desire to fund all teachers who are eligible in this final year.

For the past 25 years, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has used federal grants to provide fee subsidies for candidates seeking National Board Certification. It is a strategy that has helped certify more than 100,000 teachers. But even that impressive number represents only 3 percent of America's teachers. In an effort to scale and increase the impact of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the future, the NBPTS has reexamined its funding strategies and will begin to deploy funding in new and different ways.

The NBPTS is planning to employ a new approach to funding that focuses more on systemic efforts, and it will partner with programs and initiatives that yield broad and deep impacts in schools. One example of the way in which NBPTS will use funds to increase the impact of National Board Certified Teachers is its new catalog of video resources. The Board's collection of "cases"—short fifteen-minute videos and corresponding reflection papers—were created by NBCTs during the certification process to demonstrate models of accomplished teaching. These cases explain what these certified teachers were trying to achieve in each class, the strategies they devised, how they implemented these strategies, the results, and an analysis of the evidence on student learning. This collection is a great resource for teacher preparation and for training principals to observe and provide feedback to teachers.

The NBPTS also will begin to offer support and training tools that provide infrastructure to align and embed National Board Certification and Take One! with school and district initiatives in ways that strengthen professional learning opportunities and help teachers grow. I hope you will take advantage of the new resources NBPTS is developing.

If you have been considering National Board Certification, please take action this year and capitalize on this final year of federal subsidies. More information on how to apply can be found here: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/teacher_certification/nbpts.htm.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me:
Cina Lackey
SDE Certification/Professional Standards Coordinator
Phone: (208) 332-6936
Email: clackey@sde.idaho.gov