With the new school year starting, now is the time for Idaho teachers to start exploring ways to become certified through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that complements – but does not replace – a state teaching credential. More than 90,000 teachers have completed the program, which recognizes educators who have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review.

Recognizing that all education reform must begin with teachers, the organization’s new vision is to “Grow Great Schools.” As the NBPTS website explains:

National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is available nationwide for most preK–12 teachers.

Often, several teachers within a school use the Take One! program as a way to form a learning community and sample the certification process. Read more about Take One! Educators can also choose to dive right into the National Board Certification process. NBPTS offers certification in 25 different teaching fields. Read more about becoming a candidate for certification.

Subsidies and grants – including the NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership grants (next deadline is October 15) – are available to help educators who wish to become board certified.

Teachers and school counselors in Idaho who become National Board candidates in 2011 will receive a $1,250 federal fee subsidy and those who work in high-need schools in Boise or Moscow are eligible for an additional $750 scholarship. 

Get answers to your questions about National Board certification by contacting Sue Hovey at (208) 301-2208 or regional NBPTS consultant Kay Garcia at (916) 428-2068.