National Board Certification Grant

Go Forward Pine Bluff recognizes that many teachers currently hold master’s degrees and therefore the above incentive does not apply. A second master’s degree is optional but must be in the content area in which the applicant teaches. The Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative (ARESC) offers training for teachers aspiring to become nationally certified. Subsequently, Go Forward Pine Bluff will provide grants to cover the cost of the initial examination. Only under unique circumstances will a teacher receive a second grant from Go Forward Pine Bluff to take the exam. Applicants must (1) complete all training and test modules from ARESC with a letter from the ARESC director acknowledging successful completion, and (2) provide evidence that a majority of their students consistently achieve above-average standardized test scores and classroom grades (letter grade of B) in the content area over three years. Applicants must submit evidence of classroom performance during the interview phase. Teachers who pass the national exam as a Teach Pine Bluff Fellow must commit to teaching four years in the same district during the time of funding approval. A national board certification grant is also an option for certified teachers who only hold a bachelor’s degree.

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