|FROM:||Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Funding for National Board Certification|
Teachers who are interested in applying for a subsidy grant for National Board Certification are invited to submit the attached application form to the Division of Teacher Education and Licensure by May 18, 2001.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which was created in 1987, will offer 24 certificates for the 2001-2002 school year. It is a voluntary certification process for teachers that is designed to complement, not replace, initial state licensure. Individuals interested in seeking National Board Certification must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, have completed three years of teaching experience, and be employed as a teacher in Virginia. More information about the National Board Certification process is available on the NBPTS website: www.nbpts.org.
Funding to support $2,000 of the $2,300 application fee is provided through funds appropriated by the General Assembly and NBPTS grant subsidy funds. These funds will support 60 candidates. There also will be a limited number of $1,000 grants. Applicants selected for a $2,000 grant will be responsible for the initial $300 portion of the $2,300 application fee; applicants selected for a $1,000 grant will be responsible for $1,300 of the fee. Grant notification will be mailed by June 8. Grant applicants will be selected randomly and will be equally distributed among the eight superintendentsí regions.
Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, at (804) 371-2522 if you have any questions regarding this application process.