Thursday, January 27, 2022 05:01 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.

Hawaii NBCT Network

There is now a webpage for Hawaii’s Local National Board Network Affiliate:  Hawaii NBCTs.

Ready to start your National Board journey?

Click here to get started: National Board Resources.

Active Hawaii NBCT Directory

To view an updated directory of active Hawaii 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 Lisa Espiritu (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 offers a National Board Pre-Candidacy course  on PDE3.  This course is designed for teachers who are planning to begin the process and want to prepare for a successful journey.   Sections are offered each semester.

2022 Celebrations

Hawaii Teacher Standards Board is excited to be a part of celebrations for new and renewed NBCTs across the state.  We are currently working with our partners to plan for 2022 events.

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 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: