Maine Incentivizing National Board Certification for Teachers

The Maine Department of Education is providing scholarships for teachers to achieve certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Teachers who are employed in a school in which at least 50% or more students qualify for free or reduced lunch or who work in an identified shortage area are prioritized for scholarships.

We are spotlighting this practice because the state recognizes a need for more high-quality teachers to help address the impact of the pandemic on student learning. With the influx of relief funds, Maine now has more capacity and resources to ensure that financial barriers are removed for teachers to pursue this high-level certification.

Reviewer Analysis

The Education Trust

We are encouraged to see that Maine is using federal relief dollars to ensure that certified teachers will be working in schools serving students from low-income backgrounds or areas of teacher shortages.

Leslie Villegas

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