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National Board Certification
Developed by and for classroom teachers, the program is a year-long process that provides opportunities for collaboration and reflection as teachers refine and strengthen their skills on the basis of standards written and reviewed by their peers.
Most experienced teachers in public or private schools are eligible. To learn more, log onto www.nbpts.org.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA) jointly produced the booklet, A Candidate's Guide to National Board Certification. It is now available online at: www.aft.org/edissues/downloads/NBPTS.pdf.
The National Board Certification Handbook Support and Stories from Teachers and Candidates Edited by Diane Barrone. This practical handbook answers many questions about the process. Beginning with the decision to seek National Board Certification, continuing through the portfolio and assessment process and ending with what to do if you don’t successfully complete all of the requirements for certification, this book will support and guide you. View the entire book online at: www.stenhouse.com/0349.htm?sb021106
During the 2001 Legislative Session, a law was passed that allows teachers who earn the designation of National Board Certified Teacher to utilize that experience towards their continuing education unit requirement. Specifically, Section 10-145(1)(1) of the General Statutes was amended by Section 15 of Public Act 01-173, to provide the professional educator the option of utilizing "documented completion of National Board Certification assessment in the appropriate endorsement area" as continuing education activity valid toward completing their CEU requirement.
Loans and Grants
If you are an AFT member and would like information about obtaining a low interest rate loan to cover the application fee please call 1-888-238-5646.
AFT Connecticut will provide ten $1,000 grants per academic year to Federation members teaching in high poverty, rural and urban areas. If you are applying for National Board Certification, simply send a copy of your application and check for the application fee to Sharon Palmer, AFT Connecticut, 35 Marshall Road, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. You will then be considered for reimbursement.
The Connecticut State Department of Education will utilize NBPTS Candidate Subsidy funds to support 31 candidates at $1,150 of the $2, 300 certfication fee.
Candidates must meet NBPTS eligibility guidelines. Teachers interested in using candidate subsidy funds to help with the fee MUST submit their NBC application through the program administrator:
Lee Marcoux, Associate Education Consultant
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 215
Hartford, CT 06106
The Washington Mutual Foundation is providing $1 million in scholarships for public school teachers nationwide to pursue NBC. The Foundation will pay up to half the $2, 300 application fee. In addition, zero interest loans area available for the remainder of the fee. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is administering the scholarships: http://www.nbpts.org/about/supporters/scholarships_available
The General Assembly passed a new act requiring the State Board of Education (SBE) to issue a Connecticut provisional or professional certificate, with an appropriate endorsement, to any teacher from another US possession or territory, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico who (1) applies; (2) holds a national board certification from an organization the education commissioner considers appropriate; and (3) has taught for at least three of the past 10 years in another state, US. possession or territory, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. The teacher must receive a provisional certificate if he/she has not completed 30 credits of qualifying coursework beyond a bachelor's degree. If he or she has the 30 credits, SBE must him/her a professional certificate.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has announced that up to six semester hours of graduate credit in education could be awarded to thousands of teachers who have completed all requirements of the National Board Certification process and to those who complete the process in the future. This is as a result of an independent ACE review of the National Board Certification process. The American Council on Education (ACE) is the major coordinating body for higher education in the Untied States. For over 30 years, ACE credit reviews have been helping adults obtain college credit for courses and examinations taken outside college and university programs.
National Board Certified Teachers and candidates who began the process during the 1996-97 academic year and after are eligible to receive these credits.
For more information, please log onto the NBPTS website at: www.nbpts.org/highered/ace.cfm