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.
The Arkansas Department of Education congratulates 98 Arkansas teachers who recently attained their National Board Certification. To view a list of these teachers, go to http://bit.ly/1MjbKCc. A total of 2,877 Arkansas teachers have received the certification, with Arkansas traditionally ranking among the top 10 states.
The following is a link to directions for NBCTs to receive the 2016 NBCT bonus: http://bit.ly/1JJjBco. Arkansas National Board Certified Teachers are required to create and maintain a profile in the online Arkansas Teacher Licensure Accountability System (ATLAS) to verify employment for each year's state bonus. All NBCT records, including employment eligibility, will be recorded in ATLAS.
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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