Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
1399 East 32nd Street
Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 997-8301 FAX
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and non-governmental agency governed by a 63-member board of directors, the majority of whom are classroom teachers. Created in 1987 by an innovative team of teachers, policymakers, academics, and corporate leaders, the National Board's mission is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do, to develop and operates a national, voluntary system to assess and certify teachers who meet these standards, and to advance education reforms for the purpose of improving student learning. During the 2000 bargaining session, the District and Teachers' Association agreed to support teachers who are interested in applying for National Board Certification by offering pre-candidacy and candidacy support programs, payment of application fees ($2500), and a 10% salary increase for teachers who obtain certification. In addition, National Board Certified teachers are eligible for financial incentive from the State of California, when available.
For more information about the National Board Certification, please contact Chris Eckert at ext 8628.
The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) has made a commitment to support teachers who are interested in applying for National Board Certification. This document provides information on how LBUSD plans to support teachers applying for National Board Certification.
All National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are based on five core propositions that define the skills, knowledge, dispositions and commitments that distinguish accomplished teaching.
National Board Certification has three components: (1) the professional teaching standards, (2) the portfolio, and (3) the assessment center exercises. If you decide to pursue National Board Certification, your first step is to know the standards in your chosen certificate area so that you will understand how they might be reflected in your classroom teaching. (A complete list of available certifications is available on the NBPTS Application.)
In order to be eligible for participation in the National Board process, candidates must possess all of the following:
In order to be eligible for district support for the NBPTS, each pre-candidate will be required to complete the following:
Following the pre-candidacy phase, candidate applications will be forwarded to the district1È4s Oversight Committee for National Board Certification. This committee will make the final decision about advancement to candidacy of all participants.
Candidates requesting funding assistance from LBUSD are required to participate in the pre-candidacy and candidacy program. You may pursue the National Board Certification without the assistance of LBUSD, but you will not be eligible for payment of the application fee or other assistance. All candidates earning certification will be eligible for the salary increase, regardless of participation in the pre-candidacy/candidacy program.
There will no cost to participants in the Pre-Candidacy program. Upon advancement to candidacy, all participants will submit applications to the State of California1È4s Candidate Subsidy Program. Candidates are responsible for paying a non-returnable $300 application fee to the National Board. Upon completion of the portfolio and assessment center exercises, the district will reimburse the candidate for their portion of the application fee. (Candidates are only required to complete the National Board process, and are not required to obtain certification to be reimbursed for the application fee.)