National Board Certified Teachers update; FAQs below

HSTA has received some inquiries about National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) and the state law that governs the bonuses they receive, so we wanted to provide you with an update. Many of you may have been tracking the changes in the state law last year which changed some of the categories for which the additional $5,000 is paid to teachers. This payment is on top of the regular $5,000 NBCT teachers receive for holding NBCT status.

After confirming some information with the DOE, we offer answers to some frequently asked questions about NBCT.

What does the law say?

The law related to NBCT is §302A-706, which reads as follows:  (a)  There is established within the department the teacher national board certification incentive program to recognize and support exemplary teaching practice by supporting public school teachers who have achieved national board certification under the certification program of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  The teacher national board certification incentive program shall provide: (1) A $5,000 bonus per year for each public school teacher who maintains current national board certification; (2) $1,500 upon completing all components of the certification program of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; (3) A reimbursement of the remainder of the national board certification application fee upon achievement of national board certification; and (4)  An additional $5,000 bonus per year for each public school teacher who maintains current national board certification and who teaches at: (A)  A school in a focus, priority, or superintendent’s zone, or other similar designation, as determined by the department; (B)  A school with a high turnover rate, as determined by the department; or (C)  A hard-to-fill school, as determined by the department..

  (b) The incentive program shall include a mentoring component that encourages and enables national board-certified teachers to assist other teachers and share their teaching expertise.

Here is a link:NCBT Law

Who qualifies for the additional $5,000 related to schools which fall under section #4 of the law?

The categories and schools are as follows:

A: Schools that have met the criteria as either focus, priority, or superintendent zone are as follows: Dole Middle, Kaimuki High, Kalihi-Kai Elementary, Waianae Elementary, Waianae Intermediate, Hookena Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Kealakehe Elementary, Lahainaluna High, Kekaulike High, Kapaa Elementary, Kekaha Elementary, Hawaii School for the Deaf & Blind, Olomana High.

B: No schools have met the high turnover rate criteria this year.

C: Hard-to-fill schools as determined by the DOE are the same as those found on page 120 of the negotiated agreement.

When will teachers receive notification and payment of this additional $5,000?

Teachers should have received notification via a letter dated May 4, 2016, the DOE will process the payment as a lump sum in the June 5 or June 20 pay check.

How is the $5,000 regular NBCT bonus paid?

That $5,000 is paid via proration throughout the 24 pay checks in a given year.

Does this mean that a teacher in a hard-to-staff school who is NBCT will receive a total of $5,000 for the general bonus, $5,000 for the NBCT hard-to-staff category, and $3,000 for the hard-to-staff differential in the contract, a total of $13,000 for the year?

Yes. .