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1 National Board Certification Overview and Changes MEGA 2014 Melissa Shields, Amber Trantham, and Debra Williams

2 Session Website For Today’s Handouts, Resources, and Links


4 NB 5 Core Propositions “What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do” 1.Teachers are committed to students and their learning. 2.Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students. 3.Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning. 4.Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience. 5.Teachers are members of learning communities. Absolute #1: Teach to the standards. Absolute #2: Develop a clearly articulated curriculum to reflect the scope and sequence of instruction most appropriate for learners based on the content standards. Absolute #4: Progress monitor regularly through formative, interim, and benchmark assessments. Absolute #5: Adjust/differentiate instruction… Absolute #3: Align resources to support the implementation of the aligned curriculum… PLAN 2020 5 Absolutes

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6 Recent Changes in the Certification Process

7 Why revise the process? Incorporate the latest research. Just as NBPTS asks teachers to be reflective in their practice, they are reflective to ensure the certification process mirrors the evolving nature of the profession and current research on best practices in teaching. The process was last revised in 2001. Remove barriers. NBPTS is working with National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and other experts in the profession to remove barriers in the process that have nothing to do with whether a teacher is accomplished. National Board Certification needs to be the norm, not the exception. copied from

8 Renewal NBCTs begin renewal in their 8 th or 9 th year of their original certificate cycle. NBCTs must renew BEFORE their original certificate expires. If original certificate expires, the NBCT must begin National Board Certification again with a new portfolio and assessment exercises.

9 Renewal Fees $300.00 non-refundable application fee $850.00 certificate renewal fee

10 Renewal Portfolio – 3 Components 1.Written Commentary and Documentation of FOUR Professional Growth Experiences (PGEs) 2.Choose one PGE and submit one 10-minute classroom video (from original certificate) 3.Select another PGE and demonstrate its application in classroom or with colleagues (6-minute video OR 8 “learner work” pages). Overall Reflection

11 Holistic Scoring Document scored as one unit Score reported as “Renewed” or “Not Renewed” No banking of scores

12 What’s changing in the process? While teachers can complete the entire certification process in one year*, some may choose to do so over several years if that fits better with other demands on a teacher’s time. While maintaining the same level of rigor, the process will be grouped into four components. The total cost of certification will decrease to $1,900, with each of the four components costing $475. Candidates will have the option to pay for and submit each component separately. copied from

13 What’s not changing? Though the process is changing, the principles remain the same: – National Board Standards – Five Core Propositions – Architecture of Accomplished Teaching National Board Certification remains performance-based and peer-reviewed, with the same emphasis on content knowledge and commitment to student learning.

14 The NEW Certification Process Computer-based assessment – Component 1: Content Knowledge assessment Portfolio entries – Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction – Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment – Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner

15 Component 1: Content Knowledge In this computer-based assessment, candidates demonstrate knowledge of and pedagogical practices for teaching their content areas. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate content, which is necessary for teaching across the full age range and ability level of their chosen certificate areas. This is assessed through the completion of three constructed response exercises and approximately 45 selected response items (SRIs). Candidates will have up to 30 minutes to complete each of the three constructed response exercises and up to 60 minutes to complete the selected response section. copied from

16 Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction This classroom-based portfolio entry is primarily comprised of samples of student work and an accompanying written commentary. Candidates will submit selected work samples that demonstrate the students’ growth over time and a written commentary that analyzes their instructional choices. copied from

17 Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment This is a classroom-based portfolio entry that requires video recording(s) of interactions between candidate and students. A written commentary in which candidates describe, analyze and reflect on their teaching and interactions will also be submitted. Both the video and the written commentary should demonstrate how candidates engage students and impact their learning.

18 Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner This is a portfolio entry that requires evidence of candidates’ impact across their professional responsibilities as an educator including work with students, peers, and community. copied from

19 To Get Started….. Register at and confirm you meet the eligibility prerequisites Pay the $75 annual registration fee Select the components you’d like to complete; fees can be paid now or later Review the standards for your certificate area Look for area or online mentoring groups

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24 Scholarships and Rewards Scholarships – Through the generosity of corporate and foundation partners, National Board is periodically able to offer a limited number of scholarships to help offset a portion of the fees. Visit website for more info. – The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a reimbursement incentive to eligible veterans of up to $2,000 for NBC fees for each first-time or retake assessment. For more info, visit the National Board website or call (888) GI-BILL-1. Alabama Incentive – $5000 each year for life of certificate

25 Support During the NBCT Process Many PLC groups online – find them with a simple Google search Alabama NBCT Facebook Group “New Candidate” Facebook/Twitter Groups Monthly (or bi-monthly) mentoring sessions near or in your areamentoring sessions – Regional Inservice Centers – STIPD

26 Support and Mentoring Works! National Average for 1 st Year Candidates Achieving Certification: 40%-45% – Our Regional Mentoring Groups (began in 1999): 68% – Etowah County Schools: 73%


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