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Michigan Teachers Earn $700,000 in Grants for Achieving National Board Certification

LANSING – More than 100 teachers in 53 school districts are receiving $732,000 in grants from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for earning National Board Certification.

“Michigan children are the biggest winners when our schools have highly accomplished teachers who have met rigorous standards to receive National Board Certification,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Rice. “That’s why MDE is awarding grants to these 126 outstanding teachers who have earned this certification. We applaud these teachers’ dedication to professional development and their students.”

Section 388.1627m of the Fiscal Year 2024 State School Aid Act funds grants to districts on behalf of eligible teachers who earned National Board Certification by Jan. 1, 2024. 

Districts and intermediate school districts applied on behalf of 126 Michigan teachers with the certification. Teachers receive grants of at least $4,000, with a $10,000 grant if they work for a school that receives building-wide federal Title 1 funding.

The goal of the grant program is to acknowledge the professional learning, growth, and achievement of Michigan teachers who have obtained National Board Certification. By promoting the recognition and retention of teachers, this grant supports Goal 7 of Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan of increasing the number of certified teachers in areas of shortage.

Educators who are interested in learning more about National Board Certification are encouraged to visit the MDE National Board Certification webpage. 

 The National Board-Certified Teachers who are receiving the grants work in the following districts: 

District

Grant Amount

Ann Arbor Public Schools

$14,000

Armada Area Schools

$20,000

Bedford Public Schools

$4,000

Berkley School District

$8,000

Berrien Springs Public Schools

$10,000

Big Rapids Public Schools

$10,000

Birmingham Public Schools

$4,000

Bloomfield Hills Schools

$8,000

Cedar Springs Public Schools

$4,000

Coloma Community Schools

$10,000

Comstock Public Schools

$4,000

Constantine Public School District

$4,000

Crestwood School District

$10,000

Detroit Achievement Academy

$8,000

Detroit Public Schools Community District

$120,000

Dexter Community School District

$4,000

Ferndale Public Schools

$4,000

Forest Hills Public Schools

$4,000

Grosse Pointe Public Schools

$4,000

Gull Lake Community Schools

$4,000

Haslett Public Schools

$20,000

Hazel Park School District

$10,000

Holt Public Schools

$4,000

Houghton Lake Community Schools

$4,000

Hudsonville Public School District

$4,000

Ionia Public Schools

$4,000

Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Anishnabe Academy

$110,000

Kalamazoo Public Schools

$28,000

L'Anse Creuse Public Schools

$4,000

Lansing Public School District

$30,000

Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy

$12,000

Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

$4,000

Novi Community School District

$28,000

Okemos Public Schools

$4,000

Plainwell Community Schools

$8,000

Port Huron Area School District

$4,000

Portage Public Schools

$4,000

Rochester Community School District

$96,000

Saginaw Public Schools

$4,000

Saline Area Schools

$4,000

South Redford School District

$4,000

Traverse City Area Public Schools

$10,000

Tri County Area Schools

$10,000

Troy School District

$8,000

University Preparatory Academy

$8,000

University Preparatory Art & Design

$4,000

University Preparatory Science and Math

$4,000

Utica Community Schools

$4,000

Virtual Learning Academy of St. Clair County

$10,000

Washtenaw Technical Middle College

$8,000

Watervliet Public Schools

$10,000

West Bloomfield School District

$4,000

Williamston Community Schools

$4,000

 Questions regarding grants can be emailed to MDE-WorkforceGrants@Michigan.gov.

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