SC National Board Certified Network Receives Major Grant to Recruit, Retain Accomplished Teachers

For Immediate Release
December 11, 2018

Columbia, SC – South Carolina teachers in the Fairfield, Hampton 1 and Sumter school districts are participating in a grant projects with the South Carolina National Board Network (SCNBN), a program hosted by SC Future Minds, to recruit and retain accomplished teachers. Awarded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, The Leading, Empowering and Advocating for the Profession (LEAP) Grant was awarded to networks in South Carolina, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Virginia through a national, competitive process. It is the first of its kind in South Carolina.

“We identified teacher recruitment and retention as a significant workforce challenge in South Carolina. We’re excited to work with our partner school districts, each of which will have a cohort of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who assume teacher leadership roles related to either teacher recruitment or teacher retention,” said Jenna Hallman, Chair of the SCNBN.

There are more than 9,000 NBCTs in South Carolina. National Board Certification is designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

Recent research by the Center for Educator Recruitment Retention and Advancement (CERRA) has shown that NBCTs remain in the classroom at higher rates than teachers who are not National Board certified. According to CERRA, the S.C. teacher turnover rate for the 2016-17 school year was 7.7%, yet only 1.9% for all NBCTs in the state.

“The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant provides funding to support meaningful engagement of NBCTs as change agents. The goal of this engagement is to bring [SCNBN] expertise to solve pressing teacher workforce challenges, forge partnerships between NBCTs and other leaders, and mobilize strategies that establish accomplished teaching as an aspiration for early career and in-service teachers,” said Jenna Hallman, Chair of the SCNBN.

Trevor Ivey, Director of Teacher Recruitment and Retention stated “Sumter School District is excited to partner with the South Carolina National Board Network in the true spirit of life-long learning where our 87 NBCTs will be afforded the opportunity to take their teacher leadership to the next level while dreaming, achieving, and collaborating with like-minded individuals.”

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The South Carolina National Board Network is a membership-based initiative open to current and former NBCTs and hosted by South Carolina Future Minds, a statewide 501(c)3 organization investing in public education as a driver of social and economic progress. The mission of the SCNBN is to advocate for the National Board Program and to recruit and support candidates in order to enhance student learning and to advance education throughout our state and nation.

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