Friday, April 13, 2012

NBPTS Candidate Fee Waivers due May 15!

According to the folks I've spoken with, the National Board Certification process is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in one's professional career. True, it is a big commitment of one's time and resources, but the rewards are innumerable! In addition, studies show that students of National Board-certified teachers make significant gains on state testing AND increase their use of higher-order thinking skills that will serve them well later in life.

Currently, Illinois ranks sixth in the nation for the total number of National Board Certified Teachers. In Illinois, this is the only way to achieve 10-year Master Teacher Certification. And, with new teacher evaluation procedures on the horizon, it's a great way to get prepared for whatever "the next big thing" turns out to be!

Additionally, this year the State of Illinois will pay $2,000 toward the total cost of candidacy ($2,565). Their funding is limited, so it's time to visit their Web site to find out more and apply early! Fee waiver requests are due May 15!

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