Albert Shanker Grant Program

We are no longer accepting applications for the New York State Albert Shanker Grant Program for the 2016-2017 grant period.

Please look to this site in Summer 2017 for updates about the 2017-2018 grant period.

The Albert Shanker grant was established to defray the costs of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)* certification to eligible New York State public school teachers. The New York State Education Department through the Albert Shanker Grant makes funding available to support eligible New York State public school teachers seeking their first National Board Certification.

  • National Board Certification is composed of four components. All components must be attempted within a three year period. For information regarding National Board Certification go to link.
  • Candidates for the Albert Shanker Grant must first complete the 2016-2017 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Candidate application online at . Candidates must also pay the annual NBPTS registration fee and register and pay for the first component.

If a candidate is found eligible for and awarded the Albert Shanker Grant, the New York State Education Department will fund the cost of the remaining three components to National Board. After a candidate completes the National Board process, the candidate will be reimbursed for the cost of their first component provided that the candidate did not receive any form of reimbursement for their first component from any source.

Eligibility for the Albert Shanker Grant

To be eligible for the Albert Shanker Grant, candidates MUST:

  1. be employed as a full-time teacher in a NYS public school;
  2. hold a valid New York State teaching certificate;
  3. hold tenure in his/her current position;
  4. commit to and actually complete the entirety of the initial NBPTS candidacy effort;
  5. continue to be employed as a full-time teacher in a New York public school for at least one full school year following completion of the initial grant period;
  6. apply for NBPTS certification and pay for the first component selected; and
  7. apply for the Albert Shanker Grant.

Application Process

Starting on July 1, 2016, the New York State Education Department will accept applications for the 2016-2017 Albert Shanker Grant program. Applications will continue to be accepted through

 January 31, 2017 or until all funds are exhausted, whichever is first.

  • Candidates may apply for the Albert Shanker Grant by submitting an application at:
  • After submitting an application online, candidates must send verification that they have registered and paid for the first component with NBPTS in order to complete the process. Verification must include a copy of the Registration Receipt with NBPTS and a copy of the Payment Receipt for the First component.

Verification options:

  • Email:
  • Mail:
    • NYS Education Department, Office of Post Secondary Access, Support and Success
      Attn: Albert Shanker Grant Program
      89 Washington Avenue
      Albany, NY 12234
  • FAX #: (518) 474-7468, Attn: Albert Shanker Grant Program


  • Funding is limited, and allocated on a first come, first served basis, to eligible candidates.
  • If a candidate is found eligible for an award, they will be notified.
  • If a candidate is awarded an Albert Shanker Grant and withdraws from NBPTS process, he/she will not be eligible for a subsequent grant.

District Reimbursement for support services:

Each eligible teacher’s sponsoring school district shall be eligible to receive a direct reimbursement from the department in an amount up to $500 to cover the cost of supportive services, which may include the cost of hiring a substitute teacher for up to three days or the duration of such eligible teacher’s approval leave, whichever is less. To qualify for such a reimbursement, a sponsoring school district must submit a form. The form and link will be posted on March 1, 2017 on a secure portal.  The reimbursement submission period will be from April 1, 2017- June 30, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions pdf


All questions, should be directed to:
Albert Shanker Grant Program Administrator
Phone: 518-474-3719 Fax: 518-474-7468

Additional candidate support:

National Board Council of New York:

National Board Customer Support 1-800-22TEACH (1-800-228-3224)

As of December 2015, more than 1,750 New York State Teachers have been awarded National Board Certification. 

2015 NBPTS State Profile for New York PDF File

* National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, known simply as National Board, is an independent, nonprofit organization. It was formed in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating Board-certified teachers into educational reform efforts.

* Candidates are required to pay the yearly registration fee of $75 to National Board. The Albert Shanker Grant does not cover this fee.

Last Updated: January 13, 2017