National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Board Certification

FCPS National Board Certified Teachers

Newly Hired NBCTs

Newly hired National Board Certified Teachers are required to register at the beginning of the school year to determine eligibility for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) incentive award. As part of the registration process with FCPS, you will be asked to provide your NBPTS identification number. Visit the NBPTS website to locate and confirm your information and update your profile to reflect working for FCPS. Updating the database is extremely helpful when validating your eligibility for the VDOE incentive award.

FCPS National Board Teacher Registration is open now through September 24, 2020. Complete the FCPS registration form.

Financial Incentives for National Board Certified Teachers

Depending upon Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) budget availability, National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) may be eligible to receive:

  • $5,000 for the first year of the NBPTS certificate. (Payment of the NBCT bonus begins the year following certification.)
  • $2,500 annually for the second through the ninth years.

Eligibility for VDOE Award:

  • A valid Virginia teaching license. (New FCPS employees must apply for VA licensure prior to September 24, 2020.)
  • Copy of National Board Certificate to include certificate number and issued date.
  • Validation of FCPS teacher contract indicating you provide daily direct instruction to students 50% or more of each school day.

National Board Certification 2020-21

A NBPTS certification support course will begin in September 2020.  Search “National Board” in MyPDE.

The National Board Certification 2020-21 course is designed to support candidates seeking National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification by unpacking the standards and requirements to develop an online portfolio to be assessed by NBPTS. Portfolio components include a focus on differentiation, the learning environment, student assessments, effective and reflective practice in addition to content knowledge specific to the area of certification. Throughout the year long course, teachers will engage in collaboration, communication, and reflective practice. The course format includes whole group instruction, small group collaboration, and support by National Board Certified Teachers.

Throughout the year-long course, teachers utilize reflective practice to identify their ability to assess student growth through formative and summative assessment, create a safe and equitable learning environment, plan and implement engaging learning activities, and utilize collaboration and communication to meet the requirements of NBPTS certification. The course format includes whole group instruction and small group collaboration to create personalized portfolios that reflect the professional practice of FCPS teachers.

The active FCPS National Board Teacher registration deadline is September 24, 2020. Active National Board Certified Teachers who fail to meet the deadline may not be eligible for the 2020-21 VDOE incentive award.