Pursuant to §3004-a of the Education Law and Part 86 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the Albert Shanker Grant Program encourages and supports certified, tenured public school teachers in New York State seeking a national teaching certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Consistent with efforts of the New York State Board of Regents to achieve higher learning standards statewide, it is the mission of the NBPTS to develop high and rigorous performance standards for accomplished teachers. In support thereof, the National Board has developed a national, voluntary certification system to encourage reflective practice, and to assess and certify teachers who meet national standards of excellence.
The NBPTS is a nonprofit organization of teachers and other education stakeholders created in 1987 to assist in improving student learning through the establishment of higher, more rigorous standards of knowledge and performance for teachers. By defining and recognizing highly accomplished teaching practices, a certificate awarded by the National Board attests that a teacher has been judged by his or her peers as one who meets meaningfully high and rigorous standards of knowledge and performance. He or she has demonstrated the ability, in a variety of settings, to make sound professional judgments about students’ learning needs and to act effectively on those judgments. It is the sole provider of such certification.
To assure equitable access of qualified teachers, the New York State Albert Shanker Grant Program provides direct funding to individual candidate registration accounts with the National Board to assure full payment of the registration fees of qualified candidates, in addition to providing appropriate reimbursement directly to qualified candidates on completion of their full candidacy efforts for their initial, out-of-pocket registration deposits with NBPTS. Pursuant to §3004-a and Part 86, all eligible candidates are awarded up to $2,500 in support of this effort, to the extent that funding is available.
State Statute: Education Law §3004-a
State Regulation: 8NYCRR Part 86
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS SERVED: 300 public school teachers (2014-15)