Robert Noyce Master Teaching Scholarship

With a $900,000 supplement to the Institute for Chemistry Literacy through Computational Science (ICLCS) ten Cadre I Fellows from high needs rural school districts received support to gain National Board Certification as part of a NSF Robert Noyce Master Teaching Scholarship.

The National Board Professional Teaching Certificate is a designation that is recognized by the US Department of Education as a way to determine an "effective teacher" and in Illinois this designation is equivalent to a "highly qualified teacher."

Individuals who complete the rigorous requirements of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and receive a Board Master Teacher certificate may apply through their regional superintendent's office for an equivalent Illinois Master Certificate. There is no fee for the application and the individual is not required to pass the state examinations. The certificate is valid for a period of 10 years and is renewable on the same basis as a five-year Standard certificate. The application form is ISBE 73-03E, "Application for Master Teaching Certificate."

Although Illinois is 6th in the number of National Board Certified Teachers, of the total 4,000 Certified Teachers in Illinois, only 2% are rural science teachers according to the National Board Resource Center (NBRC) at the Illinois State University.

The ten Fellows are participating in a blended learning professional development program that consist of one week in each of 3 summers, academic year monthly meetings, and online mentoring support.

A total of 15 teachers who completed the 3-year professional development program as part of the Institute for Chemistry Literacy through Computational Science program are designated Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellows. All Scholars completed and submitted their Take One! Exam in spring 2010.

They represent the following schools and districts:

  1. Bureau Valley High School (Bureau Valley Community Unit School District #340)
  2. Central A & M High School (Central A & M Community Unit School District #21)
  3. Central High School (Central Community Unit School District #4)
  4. Clinton Community High School (Clinton Unit School District No. 15)
  5. Galva High School (Galva Community Unit School District #224)
  6. Illinois School for the Deaf
  7. Jacksonville High School (Jacksonville Community Unit School District #117)
  8. Marion High School (Marion Community Unit School District #2)
  9. Midwest Central High School (Midwest Central Community Unit School District #191)
  10. Paris Cooperative High School (Paris Unit School District No. 95)
  11. Pontiac Township High School (Pontiac Township High School District No. 90)
  12. Reed Custer High School (Reed Custer Community Unit School District #255)
  13. Ridgeview High School (Ridgeview Community Unit School District #19)
  14. Sterling High School (Sterling Schools)