April 25, 2013
National Board Certified Teachers in highest need schools receive stipend awards
The Colorado Department of Education announced the award of $160,848 in teaching stipends to 37 teachers who have earned certification through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and are employed in low-performing, high-needs schools.
The stipends were created through House Bill 12-1261 during the 2012 legislative session. The legislation stated that “implementation of measures designed to improve teacher and principal quality, recruitment and retention is a critical element of accountable education reform.”
Legislation established a stipend of $1,600 for educators nationally certified with NBPTS. An additional $3,200 was added for educators employed in low-income, high-priority schools. These schools are identified yearly by the State Board of Education as schools who must submit a Turnaround Plan or Priority Improvement Plan. Only the $4,800 stipends for those Nationally Board Certified Teachers at low-income, high-needs schools were funded during the 2012 legislative session, for a May 1, 2013 distribution.
Teachers eligible to apply for stipends may work in public school districts, charter schools or through Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). The 37 teachers that will receive the stipends are employed at schools in six school districts: Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Weld (Greeley) District 6; Denver Public Schools; Westminster District 50; Brighton 27J and Colorado Springs School District 11.
To qualify for the stipend, educators must also have been employed to teach in a Colorado public school in grades K-12 for the entire school year. If a teacher is contracted for less than full-time employment in these schools, the stipend is pro-rated.
According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Board Certified Teachers are assuming leadership roles in schools and districts across the nation – serving as mentors, facilitating professional development and leading education reform efforts.
To receive National Board Certification, teachers must demonstrate competency in national content and teaching ability. The certification process can take between one to three years to complete and includes both assessments and a portfolio submission. The certification application costs $2,565. The stipends will be sent to the school districts to distribute to the educators.
For more information, contact Anne Marie Roberts in the CDE Office of Professional Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.