Enriched learning for teachers.
Providing evidence-based, differentiated professional learning opportunities across all intersections of the teaching career continuum. We strive to elevate the profession and to support pre-service, novice, professional, board certified teachers, and teacher leaders. Grounded in the National Board Accomplished Teaching Body of Knowledge (BoK: Five Core Propositions, National Board Standards, and the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching), we are explicitly enriching teachers’ learning and strengthening their impact on students.
The Institute is funded under the competitive grant program of Senate Bill 474, Nevada’s Great Teaching and Leading Fund (2015) that prescribes changes to the professional development of teachers, school administrators, and other licensed professionals.
The strategic priorities of the Institute address the state initiatives of teacher preparation, recruitment, and leadership as well as school improvement development. Through this competitive grant program, the Institute is afforded the opportunity to offer up to 100 National Board Component Scholarship Reimbursements during the 2017-2018 school year and another 100 during the 2018-2019 school year. Each National Board Component Scholarship Reimbursement is not to exceed $950 per candidate, per year. Preference is given to the high-needs domains of STEM, English as a New Language, and Exceptional Needs.
The aims of the Institute, and the strategic targeting of the high needs domains of STEM, English as a New Language, and Exceptional Needs align with Nevada’s Every Student Succeeds Act Consolidated State Plan. They also align with the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning, the Nevada Ready! State Improvement Plan: Shifting to a New Nevada 2017-2021, the Nevada Department of Education’s Five Year Strategic Plan, the Nevada Educator Performance Framework, local district strategic imperatives, and the state educational goals of academic excellence, increased student achievement, school leadership, and accomplished teaching. An Advisory Council of education leaders serves as a critical thought partner and helps to conceptually guide strategic initiatives.
The National Board Institute’s primary goals include:
Supporting accomplished teaching to positively impact student achievement
Increasing student performance through teacher leadership
Making evidence-based policy and practice decisions
Increasing the number of accomplished teachers in high-needs domains of math and science (STEM), exceptional needs (special education), and English as a new language
Providing administrators with expertise to enhance school leadership capacity
Professional learning opportunities to support our teachers’ unique needs, locations, and schedules
Responsive, Differentiated, and Inclusive Support
The Institute seeks to provide differentiated support to all Nevada educators along and throughout the teaching continuum in rural and urban school districts, regardless of organizational or institutional affiliation or geographic location.