Through the Excellent Teaching Program enacted by the Florida
Legislature in 1998, teachers are provided with incentives to complete the
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification
process. It underwent extensive revision during the 2008 Florida
The National Board asks candidates in this
program to prepare a portfolio of accomplished teaching practices. They
are then asked to complete 6 assessment center exercises related to the
teacher's knowledge of their subject matter.
are currently 25 certification areas available for teachers wishing to complete
The National Board operates under 5 core
Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those
subjects to their students.
Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student
Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn
Teachers are members of learning communities.
The Florida State Legislature in the Spring,
2008, session ended the support it had previously provided for teachers
participating in the Excellent Teaching Program. Teachers are now
responsible for paying all fees out of pocket, unless they are eligible for one
of the five federal grants available to Citrus County for this school
year. Feel free to contact the District National Board contact at the
District Services Center (352-726-1931).
The 2011 session of the State Legislature
ceased to provide the following:
10% of the average teaching salary in the state of Florida
for those who hold a National Board certificate and have a satisfactory
performance appraisal. If demand exceeds available full funding, the
Certification bonus will be pro-rated.
The provision for a mentoring bonus is still in the
legislative language. However, no funding was provided for
mentoring during the 2008-2009 school year.
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