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Limited scholarships available for National Board, Take One!

Educators interesting in pursuing National Board Certification or Take One! may apply for one-time scholarships. Administrators: Please share this with teachers you think may be interested.

Due to the availability of federal funds, the South Dakota Department of Education is offering 25 scholarships for teachers to pursue full National Board Certification. The department also is offering 25 scholarships for teachers to pursue Take One!, which is a professional development opportunity based on the NBC program.

The scholarships are for the 2011-12 NBC candidate cycle only. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15, 2011.

In recent years, weve had to cut state-level support of this important program, said Secretary of Education Melody Schopp. So, when this opportunity came along, we jumped at the chance. Teachers play an absolutely critical role in student learning. Any time we can support their development and commitment to improving their craft, its an investment in the future of our students.

The National Board Certification process requires that teachers provide evidence of analysis and reflection on their teaching practice as it impacts students, as well as their record of working within the whole school community, collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders to impact student achievement, and strengthening family/community partnerships.

Take One! is a unique offering from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in which teachers prepare and submit one pre-selected video portfolio entry from any of the current certificate areas of National Board Certification. A teacher can later transfer the score if he or she pursues National Board candidacy.

Click here to fill out a scholarship application for the 2011-12 candidate cycle.

For more information, contact Lanette Johnston at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-8415.