Albert Shanker Grant Program


APPLICATION Reopened for the 2017-2018 grant period.
Funds have become available to support applications.

Starting December 5, 2017, we will accept applications for the New York State Albert Shanker Grant Program for the 2017-2018 grant period.

 


Grant Information

The Albert Shanker grant was established to defray the costs of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)* certification to eligible New York State public school teachers. The New York State Education Department through the Albert Shanker Grant makes funding available to support eligible New York State public school teachers seeking their first National Board Certification.

  1. Step one: National Board Certification is composed of four components. All components must be attempted within a three year period. For information regarding National Board Certification external link.


  2. Step two: Candidates for the Albert Shanker Grant must first complete the 2017-2018 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Candidate application online external link . Candidates must also pay the annual NBPTS registration fee and register and pay for the first component.

  3. Step 3: Once the NBPTS application has been completed, candidates must apply online using the Albert Shanker Grant Application .

If a candidate is found eligible for and awarded the Albert Shanker Grant, the New York State Education Department will fund the cost of the remaining three components to National Board.


Eligibility for the Albert Shanker Grant

To be eligible for the Albert Shanker Grant, candidates MUST:

  1. be employed as a full-time teacher in a NYS public school;
  2. hold a valid New York State teaching certificate;
  3. hold tenure in his/her current position;
  4. commit to and actually complete the entirety of the initial NBPTS candidacy effort;
  5. continue to be employed as a full-time teacher in a New York public school for at least one full school year following completion of the initial grant period;
  6. apply for NBPTS certification and pay for the first component selected; and
  7. apply for the Albert Shanker Grant.

Application Process

Before you apply for the Albert Shanker grant please read this entire message.

Starting on December 5, 2017, the New York State Education Department will accept applications for the 2017-2018 Albert Shanker Grant program. Applications will continue to be accepted through January 31, 2018 or until all funds are exhausted, whichever is first.

  1. Candidates may apply for the Albert Shanker Grant by submitting the Albert Shanker Grant Application .

  2. After submitting an application online, candidates must send verification that they have registered and paid for the first component with NBPTS in order to complete the process.

Verification must include a copy of the Registration Receipt with NBPTS and a copy of the Payment Receipt for the First component.

For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions pdf (751 KB)

Verification options:

  • Email: shankergrant@nysed.gov

  • Mail:
    • NYS Education Department
      Office of Post Secondary Access, Support and Success
      Attn: Albert Shanker Grant Program
      89 Washington Avenue
      Albany, NY 12234

  • FAX #: (518) 474-7468, Attn: Albert Shanker Grant Program

 

NOTE
  • Funding is limited, and allocated on a first come, first served basis, to eligible candidates.
  • If a candidate is found eligible for an award, they will be notified.
  • If a candidate is awarded an Albert Shanker Grant and withdraws from NBPTS process, he/she will not be eligible for a subsequent grant.

 


We are no longer accepting District Reimbursement for support services for 2016-2017 candidates.
Please refer back in the Spring of 2018.

Questions

Frequently Asked Questions pdf (751 KB)

All questions, should be directed to:
Albert Shanker Grant Program Administrator
Phone:
518-474-3719
Fax: 518-474-7468
Email:
shankergrant@nysed.gov

Additional candidate support:

National Board Council of New York:  nbcny.org external link

National Board Customer Support 1-800-22TEACH (1-800-228-3224)


Candidate Reimbursement Information

After a candidate completes the National Board process, the candidate will be reimbursed for the cost of their first component provided that the candidate did not receive any form of reimbursement for their first component from any source.

  • Candidates will be eligible for reimbursement for their first component after NYSED receives notification from National Board at the end of the certification cycle that a candidate has achieved or completed the NB certification process. Anticipated notification from National Board will occur on or about December 31, 2017. Candidates will be eligible to submit for reimbursement after this date. Check the webpage for updated information.

  • Once the submission period for reimbursement is open, the candidate must submit a written request for reimbursement to shankergrant@nysed.gov . The candidate will receive a voucher to be completed and returned. A check will then be issued from NYSED

As of December 2016, more than 1,750 New York State Teachers have been awarded National Board Certification. 

2015 NBPTS State Profile for New York PDF File (267 KB)

* National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, known simply as National Board, is an independent, nonprofit organization. It was formed in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating Board-certified teachers into educational reform efforts.

* Candidates are required to pay the yearly registration fee of $75 to National Board. The Albert Shanker Grant does not cover this fee.

Last Updated: December 5, 2017