Teachers who receive the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) certification, which can take up to three years to complete, have demonstrated their understanding of national, rigorous teaching standards, as well as their ability to implement educational practices that are research-based.
Act 1060 of 2001 as amended by Act 1803 of 2003 authorizes and funds the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to provide a support program for teachers who wish to become National Board Certified Teachers by paying the initial application fee for a candidate to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Support also includes three paid release days for those chosen for the program and a $5,000 annual bonus for up to 10 years once certification is received. Current Rules and Regulations amplify Act 1060.
Candidates seeking state funding MUST attend one of the orientations listed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017NBPTSOrientations.
All of the orientations will take place in April and possibly early May. The National Board State Funding Application will be posted to the National Board page of the ADE website approximately the first of May. Candidates have until 4:30 pm on June 30, to submit the application. The applications are double blind scored about mid-July. Candidates meeting or exceeding the cut score will be announced the last week of July. Specific instructions regarding the process and content will be delivered at the orientations.
Vanessa Holt, Administrative Specialist III
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Room 112-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
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