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MDE Awards Grants for 185 Teachers Statewide to Gain National Board Certification

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has awarded $365,450 in grant money to 18 districts. Section 388.1627m(7) of the Fiscal Year 2024 State School Aid Act awarded grants to districts on behalf of eligible teachers to pursue National Board Certification for the first time.  

Intermediate school districts and local education agencies, both traditional public school districts and public school academies, applied on behalf of 185 teachers. Funds must be used to cover the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification fees for first-time candidates in Schoolwide Title I schools. 

“This grant helps strong teachers become stronger,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Rice. “The department encourages more teachers to pursue National Board Certification.”

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

MDE congratulates the following districts that have teachers seeking National Board Certification for the first time: 


Grant Amount

Ann Arbor Public Schools


Crestwood School District


Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences


Detroit Public Schools Community District


Detroit Service Learning Academy


Hartford Public Schools


Hazel Park School District


Kentwood Public Schools


Lansing Public School District


Michigan Online School


Nottawa Community Schools


Saginaw Public Schools


Sault Ste. Marie Area Schools


Southgate Community School District


Summit Academy North


Traverse City Area Public Schools


University Preparatory Academy


University Preparatory Science and Math



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