Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)

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What does it mean to be National Board Certified Teachers?

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.

Arkansas Candidate Support for National Board Certified Teachers

At this time, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is not providing state funding for component submissions or release days. However, an annual bonus will be paid up to a possible 10 years once certification is received.

Regional orientation meetings will be held in April and May 2021 for teachers interested in becoming National Board Certified. The meetings provide prospective candidates with information regarding the NBCT process and content only. Attendance is not mandatory to receive support funding; it is informational only.

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. In 2020-2021, these meetings will be held virtually. Support meetings are facilitated by Arkansas NBCTs and provide guidance and resources to NBCT candidates as they prepare their NBCTs submissions. 

Site Facilitators for the 2020-2021 School Year

For more information, please contact:

Kelly McLaughlin, Educator Support and Development Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 405-B
Litle Rock, AR  72201
Office Phone:  501-683-3162
Frank J. Servedio, Ph.D., Special Projects Administrator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Educator Support and Development
Four Capitol Mall, Room 405B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Office Phone: (501) 682-4589
Fax: (501) 682-1193 


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