COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 57

March 9, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

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 2007 Subsidy Grant Application to the Division of Teacher Education and Licensure. Applications must be received at the Department of Education by Wednesday, April 11, 2007, to be eligible.

 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which was created in 1987, will offer 24 certificates for 2007. It is a voluntary certification process for teachers that is designed to complement, not replace, initial state licensure. Individuals interested in seeking a National Board Certification subsidy grant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, have completed three years of teaching experience by the end of the 2006-07 school year, and be employed as a public school teacher in Virginia for the 2007-08 school year. More information about the National Board Certification process is available at the NBPTS website: http://www.nbpts.org/.

 

As of this date, Congress has not appropriated the funding for the 2007 federal subsidy grants. If sufficient federal funds are awarded to the NBPTS through a United States Department of Education grant, this funding will be applied as in past years to increase the support provided by the General Assembly from $1,000 to $2,000 for the initial 75 candidates. If federal funding in excess of $75,000 is awarded, the additional funding will be used to provide as many $1,000 federal subsidy grants as possible.

 

Applicants, if selected for a grant, will be responsible for the remaining fees. Priority will be given to eligible grant applicants employed in hard-to-staff schools identified by the Virginia Department of Education. The remaining grant applicants will be selected randomly and will be distributed among the eight superintendents regions. Grant notification will be mailed by Wednesday, April 25, 2007.

 

If you have any questions regarding this application process, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Gregory J. Pels, national board certification coordinator, at (804) 225-2769 or by e-mail at Gregory.Pels@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf057a.doc