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Teachers who receive the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) certification, which can take up to three years to complete, have demonstrated their understanding of national, rigorous teaching standards, as well as their ability to implement educational practices that are research-based.
Act 1060 of 2001 as amended by Act 1803 of 2003 authorizes and funds the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to provide a support program for teachers who wish to become a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). Support may include state funding for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) component submissions, three paid release days for those receiving state funding if approved by the school district, and an annual bonus for up to a possible 10 years once certification is received.
Regional orientation meetings are held for teachers interested in becoming National Board Certified. The meetings provide prospective candidates with information regarding the NBCT process and content. Anyone seeking state funding is required to attend an orientation meeting.
Support meetings are held at various sites throughout the state for NBCT candidates. These meetings begin in the fall and continue through the spring. Locations of support sites are determined by the number of registrations in the different areas of the state. Support meetings are facilitated by Arkansas NBCTs and provide guidance and resources to NBCT candidates as they prepare their NBPTS submissions.
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