New grant targets early career teachers for certification to improve retention in high-poverty districts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2018
Columbia, SC–The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has awarded South Carolina’s National Board Network (SCNBN) a $25,000 grant.
Evidence shows that National Board Certified educators are more likely to stay in the teaching profession than their non-certified peers. The SCNBN is one of four networks across the nation to receive the Kellogg grant in order to encourage early career teachers to become National Board Certified. The program will specifically target teachers of color, schools with high teacher turnover rates, and schools experiencing high poverty in South Carolina.
The grant is a boost as education stakeholders across South Carolina seek to address the state’s urgent teacher shortage—a crisis driven in part by high rates of attrition among new teachers.
Overall, teacher turnover in South Carolina for the 2016-17 school year was 7.7%. For National Board Certified Teachers, that rate drops to 1.9%.
“The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant provides funding to support meaningful engagement of National Board Certified Teachers (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 the Foundation.
Kellogg and NBPTS selected South Carolina for its success in retaining National Board teachers as well as the support that these educators have received from the state’s General Assembly. A proviso providing an annual state supplement of $5000 for new National Board Certified Teachers working in SC public schools is now in the hands of the budget conference committee. Should the committee choose to adopt the Senate’s version of the proviso, the National Board supplement program will be extended, for new applicants, until June 30, 2019.
The South Carolina National Board Network is a project of South Carolina Future Minds—a statewide nonprofit committed to improving public education as a driver of economic and social progress.
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About South Carolina Future Minds
SC Future Minds believes that public schools are the incubators of South Carolina’s future. The organization champions world class student achievement by supporting excellence in teaching, encouraging collaboration among education stakeholders, and connecting private financial support to public schools. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works with every school district as well as the state’s top businesses, SC Future Minds serves as a vehicle for much-needed investments that strengthen the continuum of public education in South Carolina.
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