Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

Professional Development

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards

The Foundation provides grants to teachers to pursue national certification and re-certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Candidates for these grants must sign a pledge that they will remain as teachers in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools after successfully completing the initial certification or re-certification process. 

Contact the Foundation office at for application information in order to access these grants.


Active Student Engagement Hallmark of Pilot Project

One of the greatest needs identified by teachers during Foundation focus group meetings is technology support. The Foundation is piloting a program in 2011-13 (link below) to support elementary teachers in the use of SMART Board technology.

Two SMART Board champions were identified at each elementary school. One serves grades K-2 and the other, grades 3-5. The champions at each school participated in training before the school year began and shared their training, tips, and ideas (link below) with their colleagues throughout the school year. Training occurred during faculty meetings, delayed openings and staff development days via videos, emails and other avenues.

In addition, each champion worked with teacher teams to create model lessons aligned with the new common core, featuring the elements of the revised Bloom’s taxonomy, and integrating heavy student engagement.

For the 2012-13 school year, each school will continue the professional development of teachers and staff and set goals that each school hopes to accomplish during the year. The project will be evaluated using classroom teacher and champion feedback.

The Smart Board project is funded through the Teacher's First breakfast.  PSF is grateful for the support of Chapel Hill-Carrboro parents and the opportunity to create learning opportunities for students and teachers.



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