Monday, December 19, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550
hart@doe.in.gov

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, the Indiana Department of Education awarded more than $21,000 in grant funding to support high-quality professional development for Hoosier educators. The National Board Certified Teachers Grant provides funding to educators who are pursuing National Board Certification as well as National Board Certified Teacher mentors.

“Great educators are the cornerstone of a high-quality education,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “While Indiana saw a small increase in the number of new teachers this year, the state must do more to ensure that every student has a great teacher in their classroom. That is why I am pleased that the Department found funding to support this important work. I am happy to award more than $21,000 in grants to teachers today to support high-quality professional development through National Board Certification.”

Since 2015, the National Board Certified Teachers Grant has provided financial assistance to educators in 24 school corporations throughout the state. This year, the grant will support the professional development of 32 educators who are pursuing National Board Certification as well as 11 National Board Certified Teacher mentors.

The National Board Certified Teachers Grant was established in 2015 by Superintendent Ritz to support the professional development of Indiana’s educators. The grant was developed to continue the work of the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators which developed strategies to address the decline in the number of individuals receiving initial practitioner teaching licenses.

Additional information about the National Board Certified Teachers Grant can be found on the Department’s website.

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