Johnny Key

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

2015 NBPTS Orientation Make-up 

The Arkansas Department of Education, office for National Board Certification, will conduct a make-up orientation for those people unable to attend any of the five scheduled, regional meetings.

The orientation will be on May 30, 2015,  8:30 a.m. registration, session begins at 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon, in Little Rock at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) in Dickson Hall Auditorium.

The presenter will be Christine Deitz, National Board Certified Teacher and a support site facilitator. There will be free parking. If there are questions regarding the location, you can contact Christine at

To register for this event, please click on the following Survey Monkey link.

2015 State Funding Application for National Board Certification

To access the application and required documents please click on the links below: 

2015 NBPTS Application:

2015 NBPTS Application Content Rubric:

2015 NBPTS Application Writing Rubric:               




Arkansas Candidate Support Program for NBCT

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 (NBCT) by paying the initial application fee for a candidate to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and in other ways. Current Rules and Regulations amplify Act 1060.


NBCT Employment Verification Procedure

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.


For more information, please contact:

Barbara Culpepper, Public School Program Manager

Vanessa Holt, Administrative Specialist III
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Room 107-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: 501-682-4311 or 501-682-5535
Fax: 501-682-5118


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