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Albert Shanker Grant and Candidate Fee Subsidy Program

[Please read this in its entirety as we have recently updated the information]

*The application period for the New York State Albert Shanker Grant Program has closed for the 2013-2014 grant period.  Please read further for more information.*

National Board Certification and New York State Albert Shanker Grant Program

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is a nonprofit organization of teachers and other education stakeholders created in 1987 to assist in improving student learning through the establishment of higher, more rigorous standards of knowledge and performance for teachers. By defining and recognizing highly accomplished practice, a certificate awarded by the National Board attests that a teacher has been judged by his or her peers as one who meets meaningfully high and rigorous standards of knowledge and performance. (S)he has demonstrated the ability, in a variety of settings, to make sound professional judgments about students’ learning needs and to act effectively on those judgments.

To be eligible as a candidate for National Board Certification, candidates MUST:

(a) hold a baccalaureate degree;
(b) have at least 3 years appropriate teaching experience; and
(c) hold a valid state teaching certificate OR teach in a state approved private school

To register as a candidate for national board certification, a teacher must complete the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) application by going to www.nbpts.org. A $500 deposit and any other fee(s) required by NBPTS must be submitted for candidacy registration.

In support of these efforts, the New York State Education Department makes available up to $2,000 in initial funding to support qualified New York State teachers seeking their first National Board Certification during the 2013-2014 school year through the New York State Albert Shanker Grant. Additionally, upon verified completion of all activities and assessments associated with National Board Certification, candidates will be reimbursed the initial $500 fee.

2013-2014 New York State Albert Shanker Grant Program

We are no longer accepting applications for the New York State Albert Shanker Grant Program for the 2013-2014 grant period.  Please look to this site in early summer 2014 for updates and information about the 2014-2015 grant period.
 
To be eligible for the Albert Shanker Grant, a candidate 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;
(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.

Funding is allocated to qualified candidates submitting a complete application and associated fees/deposits on a first come, first served basis.

Advanced (Retake) and Renewal Candidates
Because proceeds of the New York State Albert Shanker Grant Program may be dispersed to first-time candidates for National Board Certification only, there is currently no State funding available to assist candidates in Advanced (Retake) or NBCT Renewal activities. We encourage you to continue your pursuit of National Board Certification by seeking funding through local, district, and/or independent scholarships and awards

Federal Candidate Fee Subsidy Program

Effective with the 2013-2014 candidate cycle, the National Board will no longer offer grant monies directly to candidates for National Board Certification through the Candidate Fee Subsidy Program; this includes monies to support retake activities, Take One! and/or National Board Certification Renewal. The National Board intends to focus on partnering with programs and initiatives where there can be a broad and deep impact within schools or districts. They will continue to support and engage not only teachers, but also mentors, teacher leaders, principals, central office, and other important local stakeholders to more fully utilize the talents of NBCTs to improve school culture, teacher quality, and student learning.

All questions, comments and other inquiries should be directed to:
Deborah Horton
New York State Education Department Program Administrator
Office of Teaching Initiatives, New York State Education Department
5 North, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: 518-474-4661 Fax: 518-473-0271
Email: otiadmin@mail.nysed.gov

As of April 2013, 1,466 New York State Teachers have been awarded
National Board Certification

Last Updated: January 15, 2014