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ISBE offers subsidy for National Board Certification

Hurry! There is still time—150 ISBE/National Board scholarships still available! 

It is more important now than ever before to encourage teachers and counselors to become Nationally Board Certified.  The Illinois State Board of Education continues to support Board Certification by offering a $1,900 subsidy to those teachers and/or counselors who qualify for these funds. Please encourage teachers and counselors to take part in this professional development opportunity by forwarding the attached document and adding a personal note of encouragement.

The Illinois State Board of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 Spring Window for the Illinois $1,900 NBPTS Candidate Fee Subsidy has 150 scholarships remaining. This opportunity ends on May 21, 2017.

The National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University will process applications for eligible Illinois teachers and counselors. Funding has been made available for 500 candidates. Please invite an outstanding teacher or counselor to become a National Board Certified Teacher by forwarding this message to them and adding a personal note of encouragement.

National Board Certification offers a way for accomplished teachers to be assessed and recognized, and a way for parents to know their child’s teacher has met high and rigorous standards. The single most important action the nation can take to improve schools is to strengthen teaching. NBPTS develops high and rigorous standards for   accomplished teachers and 100,000 teachers across the country and over 6,000 teachers in  

Illinois have demonstrated that they meet those standards by achieving National Board Certification.

National Board Certified Teachers are among the nation’s most effective teachers who have demonstrated that they meet the highest teaching standards.

Education WeekBoard Certified Teachers More Effective, New Studies Affirm.

The NBPTS certification process takes from one to three years to complete. Throughout this period, candidates:

  • Analyze and reflect on student learning, based on small and large group work with students, which is supported by video recordings of classroom teaching.
  • Analyze and reflect on student learning using student work samples.
  • Document accomplishments of working with families, the community, colleagues and the profession and show evidence of how that work impacts student learning.
  • Respond to online assessment exercises that demonstrate subject-matter expertise.

Important Information:

Standards for each content area and developmental level are created by teachers, for teachers. They represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished, effective teachers should know and be able to do to improve student learning and achievement. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas, from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Certification consists of four components: 1) Content Knowledge, 2) Differentiation in Instruction 3) Teaching Practice and Learning Environment, and 4) Effective and Reflective Practitioner. Throughout its more than 25-year history, the National Board has sought to review and revise its standards and certification process to reflect best practices in teaching. Throughout the process, you will be able to apply what you’re learning to your classroom practice and connect with other teachers pursuing certification. Recognizing the many demands on teachers’ time, the process is designed to be flexible, efficient and affordable. Candidates in Illinois will complete only components 1 and 3 during the 2017-2018 cycle.

NOTE: The Illinois National Board Subsidy application closes on May 21, 2017.

Please contact Debra Kasperski directly if you are interested in starting a school or district based cohort.

Debra Kasperski, NBCT
Director, National Board Resource Center, Illinois State University
Campus Box 5390
Normal,  Illinois  61790
309-438-1833 (w)