NB Candidate Support Workshops
New National Board Information
The NB certification process is currently under revision. According to NBPTS, the revised process consists of four components as described below.
Component One, Content Knowledge, will be a computer-based assessment designed to allow the candidate to demonstrate content specific knowledge as well as pedagogical practices. This component will contain three constructed-response exercises (each 30 minutes in length) and 45 selected response items (60 minutes allotted).
Component Two, Differentiated Instruction, requires the completion of a classroom-based portfolio comprised of examples of student work and an accompanying written commentary. The included student work samples should demonstrate students’ growth over time. The written commentary should demonstrate the teacher’s ability to analyze his/her own instructional practices.
Component Three, Teaching Practice and Classroom Environment, is currently under development.
Component Four, Effective and Reflective Practitioner, is currently under development.
Candidates are encouraged to read the 2014 Guide to National Board Certification.
Highlights of the “New” System
NBPTS will only release two modules in 2014-2015. An additional module will be released in 2015-2016, and the final module in 2016-2017. This means that it will take teachers a minimum of three years to certify during the roll-out of the “new” system.
Beginning in 2016-2017, NBPTS will have all four modules available and teachers could certify in one year.
Instructions for components one and two will be released in October 2014.
NBPTS will continue to emphasize:
National Board Standards
Five Core Propositions
Architecture of Accomplished Teaching
A performance-based, peer-review model
Content knowledge and commitment to student learning
For more information visit the National Board Certification website.
National Board Field Tests
Be a pioneer for the teaching profession
There’s a reason teachers who go through the process of becoming Board certified call it “transformative.” Not only are there tangible career benefits, but teachers learn to become even more effective in the classroom. The National Board is updating the certification process to work even better for educators.
The National Board is recruiting teachers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students seeking a teaching license, to participate in field tests of the new efficient and affordable National Board certification process. This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of the teaching profession and experience a sample of the process that thousands of teachers have called transformative.
National Board Certification is the profession’s highest mark of accomplished teaching – performance-based and peer-reviewed. The revisions will make the certification process more flexible, affordable and efficient so that many more teachers and students can benefit. National Board Certified Teachers as well as teachers who have not yet achieved certification are invited to apply for the field tests.
As a token of thanks for their time, participants will also be eligible to receive up to two Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or up to $50 in gift cards for either Amazon.com or Powell's Books. All participants will also receive a letter of commendation from the National Board.
For those not currently Board certified, participating in a field test will provide an inside look into the process at no cost.
Board-certified teachers can participate in one or more field tests to gain first-hand experience with the revisions. Participation in a field test also provides a professional learning opportunity which could be used to document how teachers are members of learning communities. Help us make certification a process that works for you.
Get started today and learn more by visiting NBPTS.org.