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Incentives and Resources for Teachers

National Board Certification
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, known simply as National Board, is an independent, nonprofit organization. It was formed in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating Board-certified teachers into educational reform efforts.

This site is devoted to helping California teachers and school, district, county, and university support providers access information about programs that support teachers' National Board Certification candidacy.

Loan Programs
Stafford Loan Forgiveness

Student Loan Forgiveness is a repayment incentive program that allows a borrower's student loans to be forgiven after a certain number of qualifying payments. The main forgiveness programs that are available to Stafford Loan borrowers are Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Teacher Loan Forgiveness.

In addition to these federal loan forgiveness programs, borrowers may also be eligible for student loan discharge or other forgiveness options and Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). LRPs are similar to forgiveness programs except borrowers receive a stipend to apply to their student loans, which may not cover the remaining balance.

Income-Based Repayment (IBR) is a way to make your federal student loan payments more manageable.

The Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) was established in 1983 to provide loan assumption benefits to credentialed teachers. Visit the California Student Aid Commission website for the APLE Loan Program and other aid available for teachers.

If you're a teacher serving in a low-income or subject-matter shortage area, it might be possible for you to cancel or defer your student loans.

The Troops to Teachers program provides financial benefits up to $10,000 to eligible military veterans hired to teach in K-12 classrooms. 


The California Department of Education lists many professional development resources and activities on this site.

Selected current funding opportunities from the California Department of Education are available on this site.

This site contains a wealth of information on State, federal, and institutional financial aid programs.

More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is this FREE web site.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) develops national educational technology policy and implements this policy through Department-wide educational technology programs.

US Education Department grants application packages that are currently available.

For over a decade, Lesson Planet has provided a convenient way for teachers to discover and share innovative lesson-planning resources. The Lesson Planet solution helps teachers find lesson resources, correlate them to standards, and organize curriculum. Our tools provide a time-efficient way to inspire teaching with fresh ideas.

This information is provided solely for the convenience of certificated employees seeking information and resources.


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