The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is pleased to announce that more resources will be placed towards the National Boards Technology Integration for Mississippi Educators (TIME) program. The TIME program fully funds and supports the professional development and National Board Certification journey of 300 educators across the state, impacting over 9,000 students in Mississippi.
The grant will directly support 15 teachers in the National Board Candidacy, prioritizing teachers of color currently on the TIME waiting list and from Coahoma County, while developing recruitment and retention strategies for the future of the program. These funds join funds from Governor Tate Reeves Emergency Educations Grant (GEER) to make this program a reality. Regional Initiatives for Sustainable Education (RISE) will also join the National Board in the execution of the program.
TIME offers a comprehensive program—with discrete learning pathways for teachers who are new or current certification candidates and for current National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs)—that will provide teachers with an Apple device, training through the Apple Professional Learning Center and completion of Apple Badges (indicating skill knowledge), training on how to apply tools to their practice aligned with National Board Standards for Accomplished Teaching, and support in incorporating technology into and reflecting on their practice through National Board Certification.
“All of us at the National Board are thrilled to continue growing the TIME program and to continue investing in the development of educators across Mississippi,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of the National Board. “This vital work allows us to positively impact the education of thousands of students across the state, as well as increase the diversity of the Mississippi teaching population and address issues such as teacher shortages and low wages. We are thankful to the Walton Family Foundation, RISE, and Governor Reeves for their commitment to this important work.”
A kickoff event for the program will be held on December 9, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at Coahoma County Higher Education Center, to congratulate and welcome the additional 15 scholarship awardees who will be added to the TIME Cohort. Contact: Daphne Brown, Ed.D, firstname.lastname@example.org .
About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (www.nbpts.org):
The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.
About Regional Initiatives for Sustainable Education (www.risems.org):
Our purpose is to connect community partners in the execution of unified efforts to improve the educational and economic conditions in high poverty areas by eliminating current academic achievement gaps. We envision a Mississippi where education is equitable and effective for all children regardless of economic status. Our mission is to conquer poverty by connecting communities in educational enhancement efforts.
About the Walton Family Foundation (www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org)
The Walton Family Foundation is rooted in several generations of family, where no voice is louder than the next and different opinions are valued. By applying this legacy to our work, we are redefining the way philanthropy collaborates with grantees and communities to take on some of the world’s biggest problems. We work in three areas: strengthening the connections between K-12 education and lifelong opportunity, protecting rivers, oceans, and the communities they support and advancing our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta.