Albert Shanker Grant Program

Grants to New York Public School Teachers
to Obtain National Board Qualification

GrantWatch ID#: 174621
Agency Type:


New York State Education Department (NYSED)


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Grants of up to $500 to New York public school teachers for assistance to obtain national board certification. Teachers will be reimbursed for certification fees. In addition, funds will be issued to the teacher’s school district to defray costs associated with the certification process. This may include supportive services such as hiring a substitute teacher.

School districts may receive up to $500 to cover the cost of supportive services.

The reimbursement submission period will be from April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017.

The New York State Education Department through the Albert Shanker Grant makes funding available to support eligible New York State public school teachers seeking their first National Board Certification.

To be eligible for the Albert Shanker Grant, candidates MUST:

-Be employed as a full-time teacher in a NYS public school;
-Hold a valid New York State teaching certificate;
-Hold tenure in his/her current position;
-Commit to and actually complete the entirety of the initial NBPTS candidacy effort;
-Continue to be employed as a full-time teacher in a New York public school for at least one full school year following completion of the initial grant period;
-Apply for NBPTS certification and pay for the first component selected; and
-Apply for the Albert Shanker Grant.

Candidates for the Albert Shanker Grant must first complete the 2016-2017 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Candidate application online:

The National Board Certification is composed of four components. All components must be attempted within a three year period. For information regarding National Board Certification go to:

Candidates must pay the annual NBPTS registration fee and register and pay for the first component.

If a candidate is found eligible for and awarded the Albert Shanker Grant, the New York State Education Department will fund the cost of the remaining three components to National Board.

After a candidate completes the National Board process, the candidate will be reimbursed for the cost of their first component provided that the candidate did not receive any form of reimbursement for their first component from any source.

To qualify for such a reimbursement, a sponsoring school district must submit a form.

Starting on July 1, 2016, the New York State Education Department will accept applications for the 2016-2017 Albert Shanker Grant program. Applications will continue to be accepted through January 31, 2017 or until all funds are exhausted, whichever is first.

After submitting an application online, candidates must send verification that they have registered and paid for the first component with NBPTS in order to complete the process. Verification must include a copy of the Registration Receipt with NBPTS and a copy of the Payment Receipt for the First component.

If a candidate is awarded an Albert Shanker Grant and withdraws from NBPTS process, he/she will not be eligible for a subsequent grant.

Funding is limited, and allocated on a first come, first served basis, to eligible candidates.

If a candidate is found eligible for an award, they will be notified.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

NYS Education Department
Office of Post Secondary Access, Support and Success
Attn: Albert Shanker Grant Program
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

P: 518-474-3719
F: 518-474-7468

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