First, teachers from the district started getting in touch with Erik to find out more about the certification process. He now hopes that there will be a cohort of National Board candidates at his district and Ventura County who were inspired by the article.
Second, he contacted his teacher's association to let them know about his experience and inform them about what National Board Certification. They were highly interested, recognizing the value of the professional development built into the National Board process, and the need to promote the benefits to the district and its teachers and students of having more NBCTs. As a result of these efforts, the association worked with the district on a new contract that recognizes and supports NBCTs with an annual stipend of $1000 paid each of the 10 years of certification, and retroactive to the previous school year. This is a huge achievement and instrumental in inspiring more district teachers to pursue certification.
So if your district isn't supporting National Board Certification sufficiently (or at all), follow Erik's example and make it happen. A little self promotion never hurts!
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