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Dear National Board Candidates,

We want to share news of a change in the National Board federal subsidy program.

Historically, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards NBPTS has used a federal grant to provide fee subsidy for candidates seeking National Board Certification®. This model helped certify over 100,000 teachers in the first 25 years - an amazing feat! As NBPTS looks to the future, however, NBPTS will transition to more systemic efforts and instead of the current federal subsidy model, NBPTS plans to use future grant monies to partner with programs and initiatives where there can be a broad and deep impact within schools or districts. NBPTS wants support and engagement from teachers, but also from mentors, teacher leaders, principals, central office, and other important local stakeholders. NBPTS wants to use more fully the talents of NBCTs to improve school culture, teacher quality, and student learning. In doing this, NBPTS will aim to increase the concentration of teachers in schools or districts interacting with National Board standards, even if that means securing and deploying grant funding in new and different ways.

two first-time candidates What does this mean? The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards application window for 2013-2014 is now open. New Mexico will NOT be providing a subsidy for candidates interested in pursuing their National Board certification this year.

What you should do now? Please log into the website at once you log in you will locate the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) site or if you would like more information; included, is the link to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website at

A nonrefundable $65 processing charge is required when you submit your application. However, your candidacy will not officially start until you submit a nonrefundable $500 initial fee, which will be applied to the $2,500 assessment fee. Once NBPTS receives your application processing charge and $500 initial fee payment, you will be sent a verification packet and portfolio materials.

If you would like to receive more information please call 1-800-22TEACH.

If you are interested in going through the NBPTS process, contact your school district’s federal programs department and ask them if they have set aside any federal funds to help teachers with National Board certification? There are also scholarships for national board candidates. Some of the companies that are giving scholarships are State Farm, UPS, Coca Cola and Wells Fargo Bank. I don’t have a list of the people they can contact, but if they call these companies they may be able to give them more information.

Thank you for the important work you do each and every day.

National Board Customer Support and the New Mexico NBPTS Program Administrator

Step by Step Process: for applying for National Board Certification through NBPTS
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Go to to learn about the eligibility requirements for NBPTS. Also take the time to review other information about NBPTS Certification and the Portfolio to understand what is involved in this rigorous assessment process. Apply for National Board Certification through the NBPTS. Pay the required application fee ($65) and the materials fee ($500) directly to the NBPTS at the time of application. Receive and note in your records an NBPTS Candidate ID number.


For questions about the New Mexico NBPTS program, contact Yolanda Valencia, Program Administrator, at
Ms. Yolanda Valencia
Program Administrator
Educator Effectiveness and Development Bureau
Educator Quality Bureau
Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar, Room 105
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505-827-6651
Fax: 505-827-4242
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