National Board Update: March 2015

Colleen Napora

NB Exceptional Needs 2004

Attention 2014-2015 National Board Candidates:

The Albert Shanker Grant is now available. This grant will reimburse the majority of the NB fees. The limited funds are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. The application can be found at

Are you a National Board Candidate for 2015-2016?

Please contact Stefanie Rice at or Colleen Napora at We would like to compile a list of all candidates for this school year.

What's new with National Board Certification?

National Board has revised the certification process; therefore, candidates will not be able to complete the process in one year. It will take 3 years for the new process to be completed.

During 2014-2015, candidates will be able to complete Component 1: Content Knowledge - this is the test portion of the process and is taken at a Pearson Assessment Center and Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction - a written entry (this may also be the video component). In 2015-2016, Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment will be added and in 2016-2017, Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner will be added.

NB does not have the Career and Technical Certificate ready for this year; it will be ready for 2015-2016.


What about NB grants?

See the Shanker and Candidate Subsidy Fee Grant.


I'm signed-up. What should I be doing prior to October?

At this point, if you have signed-up for NB, you should read and memorize the 5 Core Propositions. The certificate standards are based on these propositions. You should also be reading, note-taking, studying and re-reading the standards for your certificate area. These are available on the NB website at

What Is National Board Certification?

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state's teacher license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as NBCTs.

National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is available nationwide for most preK–12 teachers.

As part of the certification process, candidates complete 4 components, one of which is a .


Why Standards for Accomplished Teaching?

Every child deserves an accomplished teacher — one who is qualified to equip students with the skills to succeed in the 21st century global community. NBPTS Standards and National Board Certification give teachers and schools the tools to define and measure teaching excellence. NBPTS Standards are based on the Five Core Propositions that form the foundation for what all accomplished teachers should know and be able to do and provide a reference that helps educators link teaching standards to teaching practice.


Five Core Propositions

Teachers are committed to students and their learning.

Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.

Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.

Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.

Teachers are members of learning communities.


What Are the Standards and Certificate Areas?

NBPTS developed standards for accomplished teaching in 16 different subject areas with students at various developmental levels. These standards were developed and validated by representative committees comprised of master teachers, disciplinary organizations and other education experts. Many school systems use the standards as the basis for ongoing teacher and school counselor professional development, and many colleges and universities incorporate them into their undergraduate and graduate teacher-education programs.


Based on these standards, NBPTS offers 25 certificates that are applicable to most teachers in American schools. For more information, see the chart at

The Five Core Propositions http://www.nbpts. org/the_standards/the_five_ core_propositio standards/standards_by_cert