Educator Resources

Albert Shanker Grant Program

[Please read this in its entirety as we have updated the information as of 01/02/2015.]

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. Information regarding National Board Certification can be found at: http://www.nbpts.org/policies-and-resources .

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 the first 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 component;
(g) apply for the Albert Shanker Grant.

We are no longer accepting applications for the New York State Albert Shanker Grant Program for the 2014-2015 grant period.  Please look to this site in summer 2015 for updates and information about the 2015-2016 grant period.

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


As of December 2014, more than 1,700 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: January 2, 2015