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System to Offer Pilot Program for National Board Certified Teachers

The Tuscaloosa City Schools is expanding the district's commitment to "recruiting, retaining, and rewarding" outstanding teachers through a new pilot program.  Teachers from across the system have received support for the past two years towards candidacy for National Board Certification - a voluntary professional certification process widely acknowledged as the most prestigious certificate in the profession. 

The new pilot program will provide additional incentives for all professional staff at Westlawn Middle School. In addition to the financial supports, mentoring and professional leave available to teachers across the district, certified staff at Westlawn Middle will be eligible for either transfer or submission bonuses during the pilot. 

Teachers participating in the certification process will receive submission bonuses for completing each of the four components during the progression.  Teachers applying for vacancies at the school will be eligible for multiple benefits if they are approved for hire and already hold Board Certification: Board Certified teachers from outside the system applying for "hard-to-fill" subject areas (math, science, and special education) will be eligible for existing signing bonuses of up to $5,000 with a three-year commitment, a relocation reimbursement of up to a $1,000 (math, science, and special education teachers), and teachers holding Board Certification in certain subject areas will be eligible for a second annual stipend from the state as provided by recent budget legislation.  

Altogether, bonuses and stipends will range from $5,000 to approximately $25,000 over three years.  

Dr. Mike Daria calls this program "the next step in our commitment to providing accomplished teachers for every child in every classroom. The Tuscaloosa City Schools Strategic Plan set a priority for attracting outstanding teachers to schools that need them the most.  This pilot program is another significant step in that direction." 

The district encourages teachers interested in learning more to contact the Human Resources Department and to check job listings on the website. 

For more information regarding all the district's National Board programs, please contact Andrew Maxey, director of special programs, at 759-3722.