COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 153
October 10, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: National Board Certification

 
  During the 1996 General Assembly session, funding was
  appropriated to establish an incentive grant program for
  teachers seeking certfication from the National Board for
  Professional Teaching Standards.  The appropriation includes
  $75,000 for each year of the biennium.  This funding will
  provide seventy-five $1,000 grants to pay half of the $2,000
  cost of applying for National Board certification.

  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards,
  created in 1987, is designed to complement, not replace,
  existing state licensure procedures for teachers.  The
  National Board certification system involves three elements:
  standards (establishing professional consensus about what
  teachers should know and be able to do), assessment (providing
  a valid and accessible means to evaluate teachers against the
  standards), and professional developmemt (providing teachers
  with the opportunity to strengthen their practice through
  self-examination).

  During the 1997-1998 school year seven certificates will be
  offered by the National Board.  Three of the certificates are
  generalists:Early Childhood/Generalist, Middle
  Childhood/Generalist and Early Adolescence/Generalist. The
  other four certificates offered are for teachers of specific
  subject areas--Early Adolescence/English Language Arts; Early
  Adolescence through Adulthood/Art; Adolescence and Young
  Adulthood/Mathematics and Adolescence and Young
  Adulthood/Science.

  Individuals interested in seeking an incentive grant must have
  an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  have completed three years' teaching experience, and be
  employed as a teacher in Virginia.  Teachers who are
  interested in seeking National Board Certification may
  complete the attached form to receive information to apply for
  the $1,000 grants.  The forms should be mailed or faxed to
  Thomas A. Elliott, Assistant Superintendent for Compliance,
  Department of Education, by November 1, 1997.  Contact Dr.
  Elliott at (804) 371-2522 for further information regarding
  National Board certification.

  RTL/sa

  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
                 will be sent to the superintendent's office.