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Albert Shanker Grant and Candidate Fee Subsidy Program

[Please read this in its entirety as we have updated the information as of 09/15/2014.]

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 exam components. All exam components must be attempted within a three year period. Information regarding National Board Certification can be found at: http://www.nbpts.org/policies-and-resources .

Candidates for the Albert Shanker Grant must first complete the 2014-2015 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Candidate application online at https://nbcmsprod.perfrms.com/ .  Candidates must also pay the annual NBPTS registration fee and register and pay for the first exam 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 exam components to National Board. After a candidate completes the National Board process, the candidate will be reimbursed for the cost of the first exam component provided that the candidate did not receive any form of reimbursement for the first component from any source.

Eligibility for the Albert Shanker Grant

To be eligible for the Albert Shanker Grant, candidates MUST:
(a) be employed as a full-time teacher in a NYS public school;
(b) hold a valid New York State teaching certificate;
(c) hold tenure in his/her current position;
(d) commit to and actually complete the entirety of the initial NBPTS candidacy effort; and
(e) 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;
(f) apply for NBPTS certification and pay for the first exam component;
(g) apply for the Albert Shanker Grant.

Application process
The New York State Education Department is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Albert Shanker Grant program and will continue to accept applications through December 31, 2014 or until all funds are exhausted, whichever is first.

Candidates may apply for the Albert Shanker Grant by submitting an application at: http://www.forms2.nysed.gov/ohe/tcert/ashanker.cfm

After submitting an application, candidates must send verification that they have registered and paid for the first exam component with NBPTS to the Office of Teaching Initiatives.

Please email, mail or fax verification to:
NYS Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives
Attn: Albert Shanker Grant Program
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234
FAX #: (518) 473-0271, Attn: Albert Shanker Grant Program
Email: otiadmin@mail.nysed.gov

Note:

  • 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.

All questions, should be directed to:
Albert Shanker Grant Program Administrator
Phone: 518-474-4661 Fax: 518-473-0271
Email: otiadmin@mail.nysed.gov


As of August 2014, more than 1,600 New York State Teachers have been awarded National Board Certification.

* 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.

Last Updated: September 15, 2014