National Board California Advocacy Program

Every student deserves to have an accomplished teacher. Two National Board Advocates will work toward this goal by leading advocacy efforts to grow accomplished teaching in California. Apply today for this unique opportunity to impact students and education.

This is a non-employee, stipended position.

National Board California Advocates will:
  • Have a meaningful and high-impact role supporting efforts to grow accomplished teaching and National Board Certification in California
  • Expand professional connections, including with state leadership and policymakers
  • Work directly with National Board staff
  • Collaborate with other California advocates and NBCTs
Great applicants are:
  • Passionate advocates for National Board certification and student learning
  • Experienced in advocacy and/or policy work
  • Strong in both written and oral communication skills
  • Effective collaborators, both in person and virtually
  • Able to exhibit strong leadership skills
  • Self-starters who are motivated and able to lead projects with limited supervision
  • Currently or willing to be highly engaged on social media
  • Flexible in problem solving to meet goals
  • Exemplary professionals, highly regarded by peers
Requirements and Eligibility:

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A current National Board Certified Teacher
  • Actively working in the education field (e.g., teacher, counselor, instructional coach, building level administrator, district central office staff)
  • A resident of the state of California
  • A member of the California Teachers Association (CTA)
  • Capable of taking one trip to National Board’s Northern Virginia office
    • This meeting will be held Tuesday, July 23 through Thursday, July 25
    • Travel costs will be covered by National Board
  • Capable of traveling within California multiple times throughout the term of the fellowship
    • Travel costs will be covered by National Board

Role Details

  • The appointment will be from July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019
  • This role includes a stipend of $5,000 for the six-month time period
  • Expect 20+ hours per month on average, with more intense work during the summer
How to apply:

Complete and submit this application by June 19. The application requires that you:

  • Answer three essay questions
    • Essay 1 (300 word limit): Why are you interested in this program? What do you hope to accomplish by the end of the term? Provide at least two specific examples. Speak to how your leadership skills will help you accomplish your goals.
    • Essay 2 (300 word limit): Describe your policy and/or advocacy experience. Provide concrete examples.
    • Essay 3 (250 word limit): What does National Board Certification mean to you and to the teaching profession?
  • Upload your resume
  • Upload one letter of recommendation from either a peer or supervisor

The application requires you to be signed into a Google Account. If you do not have a Google Account, please contact for instructions.

Your application will not be considered until you complete all of the above steps by June 19. You may be asked to participate in a phone interview.