Carla and interested parties:
A great thing about National Boards is that it is optional - actually can't
I did it because the timing was right personally and financially - I didn't
pay any of the fee, 1/2 was state subsidy, 1/2 grant, and I was looking at
options for continuing my education. I receive my
Rank I (30 hours over a Masters, and a pay raise) from the state for
completing and passing. Some states and districts really reward teachers
for receiving certification. And some districts pay for part of the fee.
Even if I did pay the fee, it would have been a lot less than 30 graduate
hours, travel time and inflexible scheduling. I have 3 children, and it was
much easier to carve out time for this during the year than 10 classes over
the summer and during the school year.
It's not for everyone - it worked for me.
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