ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LIC-09-023

Date Created : 02/13/2009


Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals
other: teachers

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Human Resources/Licensure - Beverly A. Williams, Assistant Commissioner
2009 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards State Support Orientations

Regulatory Authority:
Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-17-412 and 6-17-413.

Contact Person:
Michael Rowland

Phone Number:


Orientations for Arkansas public school teachers and school counselors interested in information on state and federal funding for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process will be offered on the following dates:
- February 21, 2009, Dawson ESC, Arkadelphia
- March 7, 2009, SEAESC, Monticello
- March 14, 2009, ARESC, Pine Bluff
- March 21, 2009, ASU, Jonesboro
- April 4, 2009, Pulaski Tech College, Little Rock
- April 11, 2009, UAFS, Ft. Smith
- April 25, 2009, NWAESC, Farmington

A teacher qualifies to seek state fee support ($2,500) only if the individual:
- is licensed as an Arkansas teacher or school counselor,
- has taught in an Arkansas public school system at least three years prior to candidacy,
- currently teaches in an Arkansas public school, and
- attends an orientation.

NOTE: The required three years teaching experience in an Arkansas public school must be with an initial (3-year) and/or standard (5-year) teaching license in order to receive the state funding application. Years taught with a provisional (1-year) license do not count toward the required three years experience.

Unsuccessful state-funded candidates must repay state funds, as must Nationally Board Certified teachers who do not comply with any legal requirements concerning teaching tenure following certification.

Interested individuals are required to register at the Arkansas Department of Educations National Board Certification Program webpage beginning in early-February 2009. There is no cost for orientation attendance, and refreshments will be provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.


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