COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 60

April 26, 2002

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

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 2002 Subsidy Grant Application Form to the Division of Teacher Education and Licensure by May 20, 2002.

 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which was created in 1987, will offer 24 certificate areas for the 2002-2003 cycle. 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 for the 2002-03 school year. More information about the National Board Certification process is available on the NBPTS website: http://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 applicants will be selected randomly and will be distributed among the eight superintendents regions. Grant notification will be mailed by June 1.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, mailto:telliott@pen.k12.va.us) at (804) 371-2522 if you have any questions regarding this application process.

 

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