This week and next, the Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Department of Education and Kamehameha Schools are recognizing dozens of teachers across the state who have earned or renewed their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certifications.
Teachers who won recognition for meeting the highest teaching standards were honored in ceremonies on Oahu Thursday, and will be honored next week on Hawaii Island, Maui and Kauai; 54 of them work in public schools.
These teachers voluntarily undertook and completed the rigorous certification process to join the ranks of more than 700 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in Hawaii.
Educators are required to complete four components: a computer-based assessment and three portfolio-based submissions that involve work samples, video recordings, and written commentary and analysis. The renewal process is just as demanding, requiring teachers to demonstrate professional growth. HSTA offers the NEA Jump Start program and candidate support sessions in partnership with Kamehameha Schools. It can take anywhere from one to three years to achieve certification, but those who have crossed the finish line say the benefits are well worth the time and effort.
NBCTs in Hawaii’s public schools receive a $5,000 annual stipend for the life of the certificate. NBCTs who teach in hard-to-staff areas receive an additional $5,000 annual stipend for a total of $10,000 annually.
Click here for more information on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Oahu and Molokai teachers were recognized Thursday at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium attended by Gov. David Ige, First Lady Dawn Ige (a longtime public school teacher and administrator), Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, HSTA President Corey Rosenlee, state lawmakers and other community leaders.
Neighbor island teachers will be recognized at the upcoming ceremonies:
Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
Congratulations to the following HIDOE teachers who earned their certification:
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