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National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification is the highest professional distinction available in education. It benefits students, teachers, and school systems by advancing the quality of teaching and learning.

National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education, and is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure. NBC has national standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The National Board certifies teachers who successfully complete its rigorous certification process.

 

Bonus for Hawaii NBCTs

National Board Certified Teachers in Hawaii’s public schools receive a $5,000 annual stipend for the life of the certificate.

NBCTs receive an additional $5,000 if their school meets the criteria outlined below in the Hawaii Revised Statutes.

§302A-706 Teacher national board certification incentive program.

(a) There is established within the department the teacher national board certification incentive program to recognize and support exemplary teaching practice by supporting public school teachers who have achieved national board certification under the certification program of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  The teacher national board certification incentive program shall provide:

  1. A $5,000 bonus per year for each public school teacher who maintains current national board certification;
  2. $1,500 upon completing all components of the certification program of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;
  3. A reimbursement of the remainder of the national board certification application fee upon achievement of national board certification; and
  4. An additional $5,000 bonus per year for each public school teacher who maintains current national board certification and who teaches at:
    1. A school in a focus, priority, or superintendent's zone, or other similar designation [currently CSI or TSI schools], as determined by the department;
    2. A school with a high turnover rate, as determined by the department; or
    3. A hard-to-fill school, as determined by the department.

(b) The incentive program shall include a mentoring component that encourages and enables national board-certified teachers to assist other teachers and share their teaching expertise.

 

HSTA support

Jump Start

NEA National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive seminar designed to provide National Board candidates important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification — all in a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment. 

"(The program) provides teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the National Board process during the summer, giving them the time to focus on understanding and planning their National Board journey without their daily classroom responsibilities,” said Tracey Idica, HSTA NBCTs Network Coordinator.

Candidate Support

HSTA hosts National Board Candidate Support Cohorts as a free member benefit designed for teachers seeking National Board Certification. Participants receive guidance through each component by trained NBCT facilitators. Starting in September, each cohort will meet seven times, or approximately once a month, in locations across the state and virtually. Each session includes a detailed review of each component with time to ask questions. Candidates have the opportunity to share their work in progress and receive feedback from those in their cohort.

National Board Renewal Workshop

HSTA provides a free workshop for HSTA members who need to renew their National Board certification. This workshop helps participants gain a better understanding of the requirements for the Profile of Professional Growth and set next step goals for themselves.

LEAP

Are you a National Board-Certified Teacher who's ready to Lead, Elevate, and Advance our Profession? The HSTA offers NBCT LEAP in partnership with HSTA NBCTs and the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB). This program aims to empower you to broaden your impact by becoming an NBCT Ambassador, and allows you to network with other Hawaii NBCTs while learning about opportunities and updates on National Board Certification.

HSTA NBCTs

Consider joining our local NBPTS network affiliate: HSTA NBCTs—a collaborative network of NBCTs, candidates and other professionals that connects participants with teacher leadership opportunities and promotes the sharing of ideas and expertise within our network, HSTA and HTSB. Apply here

If you have a Facebook account, like HSTA NBCTs' Facebook page for updates.

For more information on the National Board Certification process or HSTA NBCTs, email hsta.nbcts@gmail.com.


Schools with an additional $5,000 NBCT bonus

Hard to staff

  • Hana High and Elementary
  • Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science PCS
  • Ka Waihona o ka Naauao PCS
  • Kamaile Academy PCS
  • Kau High and Pahala Elementary
  • Kau Learning Academy PCS
  • Kaunakakai Elementary
  • Ke Kula Nawahiokalaniopuu Iki Lab PCS
  • Keaau Elementary
  • Keaau High
  • Keaau Middle
  • Keonepoko Elementary
  • Kilohana Elementary
  • Kua O Ka La PCS
  • Kualapuu School PCS
  • Lanai High and Elementary
  • Leihoku Elementary
  • Maili Elementary
  • Makaha Elementary
  • Molokai High
  • Molokai Middle
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Na Wai Ola PCS
  • Naalehu Elementary
  • Nanaikapono Elementary
  • Nanakuli Elementary
  • Nanakuli High and Intermediate
  • Pahoa Elementary
  • Pahoa High and Intermediate
  • Volcano Sch Art/Sci PCS
  • Waianae Elementary
  • Waianae High
  • Waianae Intermediate

CSI and TSI Schools*

  • Barbers Point Elementary
  • Central Middle
  • Hana High and Elementary
  • Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science PCS
  • Ka Waihona o ka Naauao PCS
  • Kahuku Elementary
  • Kamaile Academy PCS
  • Kaumana Elementary
  • Kaunakakai Elementary
  • Kawananakoa Middle
  • Ke Kula Nawahiokalaniopuu Iki Lab PCS
  • Kealakehe Intermediate
  • Keonepoko Elementary
  • Kilohana Elementary
  • Kohala Middle
  • Kua O Ka La PCS
  • Kualapuu School PCS
  • Lanai High and Elementary
  • Molokai High
  • Molokai Middle
  • Na Wai Ola PCS
  • Nanakuli High and Intermediate
  • Olomana
  • Pahoa High and Intermediate
  • Volcano Sch Art/Sci PCS
  • Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate

*Does not include TSI-CU schools