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Frequently Asked Questions

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If I take a leave of absence, am I eligible for the NBCT Certification Bonus?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
At the time that we receive the "Bonus Pay Request" from DOE, we will need to verify that you have a satisfactory evaluation on file. 
How Many Days do I have to be in the classroom to be eligible for my Certification Bonus if I am an NBCT?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Under the "old rules" you had to be in the classroom for 99 days to apply for the certification bonus.  The statue changed in 2007-08, the new rules are:  (1) hold a valid N.B. certificate in the first 10 years of validity; (2) work full time for the School Board; (3) be evaluated on the teacher performance appraisal instrument; (4) receive an "S" or better on your evaluation annually.
Q. A Third Party or state subsidy has submitted payment on my behalf. Why is it not showing on my account?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

All payments received are processed within seven business days.  To check the status of a third-party payment not  showing on your account, we advise contacting the organization directly.   If you are awaiting payment from a state subsidy, please visit your state page subsidy administrator contact information.

Q. How do I know what certificate area is right for me?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Our recommendation to all potential candidates is to carefully study the standards in the certificate field, as well as the demands of the entries and exercise to see if the entries and exercises will allow them to demonstrate their highest level of accomplished teaching practice.  An excellent starting point for your review is Assessment at a Glance (on the NBCT website).  This document provides an excellent overview of the requirements for a certificate of interest.

Q. If I withdraw, will I be eligible for a refund?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

You may be eligible for a refund of your candidate fee, less the $500 nonrefundable portion (minus any fees paid to modify your candidate record), if your Withdrawal Form is received prior to your portfolio deadline and before your schedule assessment center appointment.

Q. How long do I have under one application to NBPTs to keep trying for NBCT?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

You have 3 years, including the year you first worked on your portfolio.  If you are not awarded the following    November, you can “retake” one or more entries by April of that year, paying the fee for doing.  If you are again   not successful, you might re-take one of more entries again the third year.  Then your application becomes invalid.

Q. How long will the Florida Legislature support NBCT bonuses?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

No one can answer this question, as the Legislature cannot make the funding decision each year during its   regular session.  This is not a change; the Legislature has always made the funding decision annually.  The economic down-steam has caused funding to decrease drastically in recent years.

Q. Why should I mentor as a NBCT if there is little or no mentor pay?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Many of our NBCTs have made the decision to mentor other teachers regardless of whether there is a pay bonus or not.  Helping colleagues is always a personal decision; the National Board mentors are a part of our culture of excellence and are greatly appreciated.

Q. With the decrease in candidates, what support can I access as a National Board candidate?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Our National Board web site contains a “List” so that you can identify who at your school may be available for individual mentoring; who in schools close to you may be available to mentor you; and who is National Board Certified in the same area you are pursuing, and thus may be a mentor to help you.  Please take responsibility to ask NBCTs for mentoring help.  Individual attention will save you time and provide excellent support.

Q. What support does the district offer to the National Board Candidate and retake participants?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Any National Board Candidate (or retaker) who is retaking the portfolio sections is permitted to take two   workdays to work on the National Board sections.  The first of the two days must be charged to the teachers personal leave balance; professional leave will be granted by the school principal.  The second workday for National Board portfolio or portfolio retake is not charged to the teachers leave balance, but professional leave is granted by the principal.  Leave papers in both cases are to be marked “National Board Portfolio”.  The school must pay for the substitute for both days.  These rules are part of the Brevard Federation of Teachers contract.

Q. If I am renewing my NBCT certificate, when must I complete the Renewal in order not to have my National Board certificate expire?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

You may start the renewal process in your eighth year of National Board Certification.  By the time your certificate expires; you must have documentation from National Board of your renewal in order not to have a lapse in time.  If your National Board certificate is not renewed by the time of expiration, you must “start over” to have a new National Board certificate.  Please visit the NBPTs web site for further information.

Q. What exactly are the requirements to enable an NBCT to receive bonuses for a given year?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

Since the statute was changed for 2007-08, the four requirements for receiving any National Board  Bonuses provided by the Florida Legislature are:  (1) hold a valid National Board Certificate and be within your initial 10-year validity period; (2) work full-time for Brevard Public Schools; (3) be evaluated annually on a teacher performance appraisal instrument; (4) document a “satisfactory or better” on the most recent annual performance appraisal.  This means that Reading Coaches and Resource teachers who are National Board are now eligible for bonuses, but administrators who are National Board are still not eligible.  If you have a question about bonus eligibility, please contact Patricia Shelton at the Brevard County School Board.