Friday, July 03 2020 07:03 AM

National Board Certification

National Board Certified Teachers in Hawaii

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board recognizes the value National Board Certification brings to Hawaii’s educators.  We are proud to support both the process and the celebration of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.

Ready to start your National Board journey?  Click here to get started: National Board Information for Hawaii Teachers 2020. To view a directory of National Board Certified teachers, click the following link:  NBCT Directory

Candidate Support

In the state of Hawaii, there are many opportunities for National Board candidates to find support. HTSB currently supports a pilot program at Kaimaile Academy.  The school has opened their doors to allow a cohort of teachers from the Waianae complex to work on their National Board entries.  Licensing Specialist, Tracey Idica, goes to the school on a monthly basis to assist their teachers navigate their National Board journeys. The Hawaii State Teachers Association, in partnership with Kamehameha Schools, provides candidate support for educators pursuing National Board Certification. Contact Tracey Idica (HTSB) or Mari Sunabe (Kamehameha Schools) for more information. Support offered includes “NEA Jump Start” 3-4 day seminars in the summer, face-to-face  and virtual cohorts located across the state (on Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu). Cohorts meet 6-7 times beginning in October and ending in April or May.

National Board Information Sessions

There will be National Board Information Sessions for interested teachers at many  HSTA Chapter Institute Days across the state.For details, please see your chapter representative.  Be sure to ask about NEA Jump Start!

Professional Development Course

HTSB is working on a Pre-Candidacy course that will be available to Hawaii teachers through PDE3.  This course is designed for teachers who are planning to begin the process and want to prepare for a successful journey.  We hope to have it open for enrollment in Spring of 2020.

2020 Celebrations

Hawaii Teacher Standards Board is excited to be a part of celebrations for new and renewed NBCTs across the state.  In January, there will be pinning ceremonies on Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu.

2020 Dates of Pinning Ceremonies and L.E.A.P. Celebration

Pinning ceremonies:

Oahu:  January 22, 2020 at the State Capitol

Kauai:  TBD

Hawaii Island:  January 28, 2020 at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus

Maui: January 31, 2020 at Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus

Celebration and L.E.A.P:

March 7, 2020 at the Bishop Museum

Details for NBCT Celebration and L.E.A.P. (Leading, Empowering and Advocating for the Profession)

Airfare and airport transfers provided for New and Renewed Neighbor Island NBCTs. Our NBCT Celebration and L.E.A.P.  (Leading, Empowering and Advocating for the Profession) on March 7, 2020 will be a combination of celebration and professional development.   Hawaii Teacher Standards Board will celebrate and recognize each new and renewed NBCT in the state.  A catered lunch, special guests, and workshops will fill the day! For more information on any of the upcoming celebrations please contact our Licensing Specialist, Tracey Idica at tracey.idica@hawaii.gov.

Alu Like Scholarship

The purpose of the National Board Certification Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Department of Education (DOE) and Public Charter School teachers and educators seeking National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The ideal applicant meets one or more of the following:
  1. Be of Native Hawaiian Ancestry;
  2. Teaching in a school with a high percentage of Native Hawaiian students.
Additionally, the application should be a candidate seeking certification with plans to teach in a DOE or Public Charter school in Hawaii after completing the National Board program. For more information about the ALU LIKE scholarship opportunity please visit their website. If you have questions regarding the scholarship, please email NBC@alulike.org or call their office at (808) 535-6700.

National Board Fee Reimbursement and Incentives

Teachers who have completed the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) process and/or are NBPTS certified: For fee reimbursement and pay bonus, contact the Hawaiʻi Department of Education Personnel Management Specialist Steven Harada:

HSTA NBCTs

HSTA NBCTs is a statewide local network affiliate of the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards.  Membership is open NBCTs, candidates, and supporters of National Board. Mission:  Our mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by supporting a collaborative network of NBCTs, candidates and other professionals, to connect network participants with teacher leadership opportunities, and to promote the sharing of ideas and expertise within our network, HSTA and HTSB.  

Opportunities for NBCTs

Learn how to become an National Board Assessor.