COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 84

April 11, 2008

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 2008 Subsidy Grant Application to the Division of Teacher Education and Licensure. Applications must be received at the Virginia Department of Education by Wednesday, May 14, 2008.

 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which was created in 1987, will offer 25 certificates for 2008. 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 full-time teaching or school counseling experience by the end of the 2007-08 school year and have held a valid state license (not an interim or emergency license) during the three years of employment you verify, possess a valid five-year Virginia license, and be employed as a public school teacher or school counselor in a Virginia public school for the 2008-09 school year. More information about the National Board Certification process is available at the NBPTS website: http://www.nbpts.org/.

 

Federal funds are awarded to the NBPTS through a United States Department of Education grant. This 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 randomly selected from the eight superintendents' regions.

 

If you have any questions regarding this application process, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Patty Pitts, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, at (804)371-2522 or e-mail: Patty.Pitts@doe.virginia.gov or Mr. Gregory J. Pels, national board certification coordinator, (804) 692-0172 or e-mail: Gregory.Pels@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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Attachment

 

a. National Board Certification 2008 Subsidy Grant Application (Word)