We are hosting trainings for our negotiations team, Blueprint sub-group, member leaders, and all TAAAC members! If you have questions about the Blueprint or want our Executive Director and President to come visit your school for any reason, reach out to the TAAAC Office at 410-224-3330.
How did Blueprint come into place?
Initially, when the Maryland State Legislature put forth the Blueprint law, there was language that required every educator to obtain their NBCT status within a certain period of time. MSEA felt that was NOT the only pathway for teachers to show growth in their profession. We, staff and members from across the state including TAAAC members, advocated to remove the mandatory language and make it an optional pathway, and include additional ways for members to advance up the career ladder.
We have this law that was enacted to ensure there is a clear pathway for educators and a clear pathway for administrators.
What has the legislature done to ensure the Blueprint is funded?
b. Governor Moore ensured there is funding allocated for the Blueprint, including an additional $500 million added to the Blueprint Fund. As of Monday, March 20, 2023, there has been discussion in both the House and the Senate in adding an additional $300-400 million to that budget. This shows the dedication of legislators to make sure there is appropriate funding to move this law forward.
What is the timeline for achieving and maintenance of NBC?
At minimum, all components can be completed in one year. You may also take up to three years to complete the process with an official 2 years for make up. Once you obtain the certificate, usually distributed by the National Board of Teaching Standards in December each year. You would receive the salary enhancements the following July.
Each certificate is valid for 5 years. Within that window you can renew that certificate, starting in year 3. TAAAC and AACPS (as with the other school districts and their unions) will work to negotiated salary enhancements for each maintenance of certification. Enhancements, according to the law, will be up to $8000 for the first maintenance, $7000 for the second maintenance, and $6000 for the third maintenance.
There isn’t an NBCT for my subject area. What do I do?
If you are an NBCT and you do not fall under the definition of teacher according to the Blueprint, generally spending 50% or more of your time with students, then you are currently not eligible under the Blueprint for salary enhancements. However, that does not stop educators and unions from advocating for salary enhancements. In addition, we proposed language in bills before the Maryland House of Representatives that removes the job title language because each school district has different job descriptors. We are advocating to ensure that those who fit the function of teacher as defined by the Blueprint are eligible for salary enhancements regardless of their job title. We will provide more information if this legislation is passed.
If there is not a certificate for your job category, and you have or are pursuing a Masters or Doctorate, you would be eligible for being part of what is negotiated as a Tier 3 pathway.
AACPS recently sent a memo impacting non-teaching 12-month Unit 1 employees, requiring them to teach two classes next school year. Is this up to negotiations, and what changes to job categories will come because of Blueprint?
While authority does lie with the Superintendent to assign and change duties of employees, our union has the right to negotiate changes in working conditions. We are planning to file a demand to bargain over the impacts of this change. Because this impacts TAAAC members, we need to all come together to advocate for what we want to see as an outcome. We’ll be reaching out with more information.
The law is the minimum standard. Within the Blueprint, if you are not spending 50% or more of your time with students, the law does not speak specifically with you receiving salary enhancements. However, this does not stop local unions negotiating more.
Are social/emotional learning and mental health and wellness being addressed in the blueprint and if so how? Are school psychologists and social workers being considered with regard to their roles, student ratios, and career ladder, or in any other way?
MSEA offers courses on Restorative Practices, Trauma Informed Education, and other professional development opportunities that address this as well.
Could the NBC ever become required and Masters not required?
If I don’t want to get my NBC, are there still leadership development opportunities for me?
The Accountability and Implementation Board is looking at draft implementation plans that were submitted on March 15, 2023 by all districts. According to Anne Arundel County’s plan, National Board Certified Teachers are expected to reach 2,266 National Board Certified Teachers in the 23-24 school year.
The goal of the Blueprint is to recognize educators and the value they bring to the system to support students