Superintendent's Memo #091-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 10, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, 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 2009 Subsidy Grant Application to the Division of Teacher Education and Licensure. Applications must be received at the Virginia Department of Education by Wednesday, May 20, 2009.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which was created in 1987, will offer 25 certificates for 2009. 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 2008-09 school year and have held a valid state license without deficiencies (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 2009-10 school year. Additional information about the National Board Certification process is available at the NBPTS website:

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 selected from the eight superintendents’ regions.

If you have any questions regarding this application process, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. James Lanham, director for teacher licensure, via e-mail at or by phone at (804) 371-2476 or Mr. Gregory J. Pels, national board certification coordinator, via e-mail at or by phone at (804) 692-0172.

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a. National Board Certification 2009 Subsidy Grant Application (Word)