Chicago Public Schools National Board Certification Program

Amount: $914,355

Fund: 1, 2


The Fund established the CPS National Board Certification (NBC) Program to support large numbers of CPS teachers interested in pursuing NBC. This comprehensive program recruited and introduced pre-candidates to the standards of NBC; supported candidates throughout the application process; and prepared teachers who achieved NBC to mentor aspiring candidates. The Fund worked with the program to develop its unique component: a focus on developing cohorts of teachers who undertake the certification effort together.


  • More than 2,000 teachers have earned NBC through the program.
  • The program serves as a model for others throughout the state and nation, with many adopting elements of the pre-candidate, candidate and advanced-candidate strategy.