Albert Shanker Grant Program

We are no longer accepting applications for the New York State Albert Shanker Grant Program for the 2017-18 grant period.

District Reimbursement for Support Services Open form May 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018

  • Each eligible teacher’s sponsoring school district shall be eligible to receive a direct reimbursement from NYSED is only for candidates who began the process on or after the 2015-2016 cycle and completed the National Board process in 2016-2017.

  • The reimbursement in an amount up to $500 to cover the cost of supportive services, which may include costs such as hiring a substitute teacher for up to three days or the duration of such eligible teacher’s approval leave, whichever is less.

  • Administrator Frequently Asked Questions

To qualify for such a reimbursement, a sponsoring school district must complete the following process. 

  1. Complete and submit the online District Reimbursement form ,

  2. Download and print the Albert Shanker Grant Program District Reimbursement Attestation pdf (134 KB). Follow the instrucion on the form.

  3. Mail the Attestation form with an original signature of the Superintendent or Chief School Officer to receive reimbursement.


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.

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.


Candidate Frequently Asked Questions pdf
(751 KB)

All questions, should be directed to:
Albert Shanker Grant Program Administrator
Fax: 518-474-7468

Additional candidate support:

National Board Council of New York: external link

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

As of December 2017, more than 1,900 New York State Teachers have been awarded National Board Certification.
2017 NBPTS State Profile for New York PDF File (179 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: May 16, 2018