National Board Certification Seminars

Exploring National Board Certification

Pick the date that works for you.
Tuesday, Feb. 20, online 7-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 12, online 7-8:30 p.m.
Monday, May 14, online 7-8:30 p.m.

Educators declare National Board Certification to be the best opportunity for professional growth they ever experience. Research unequivocally shows students of National Board Certified Teachers learn more. Teachers can complete the process in one year or spread the four components out over two or three years. Attend this session and learn about the process, eligibility, cost, and time considerations. Apply National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to your work, and experience thinking like a candidate. More than 60 Missouri school districts provide a stipend for those who achieve National Board Certification. Save the dates for MNEA’s National Board Jump Start in case you decide to begin your National Board journey after this session. Find St. Louis and Kansas City NBC Jump Start dates below.

Join this interactive online session through computer or tablet from anywhere with an internet connection. We will send some material to download and/or print to use during the session two days before the session.

Audience: teachers, counselors, librarians and administrators

Missouri NEA members, register for this FREE session.

Questions? Contact Ann Jarrett ( or Becky Dodds ( at 573-644-9606.

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Jump Start to National Board Certification 

St. Louis, June 22-25, 2018 Register Now >>
Kansas City, July 9-11 
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Jump Start is an intensive summer seminar geared for teachers pursuing National Board Certification, designed by trainers who have worked with thousands of candidates.

This workshop is for candidates who plan to submit any components of National Board Certification in the 2018-2019 school year. Find out more at

Participants choose which days to attend depending on where they are in the certification process. First-time participants must attend the Foundations Workshop scheduled. Space is limited.

Questions? Contact Ann Jarrett ( or Becky Dodds ( at 573-644-9606.

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Descriptions of each session:

Foundations - Body of Knowledge:
Delve into the National Board's essential ideas about what teachers should know and be able to do: Five Core Propositions, Architecture of Accomplished Teaching and National Board Content area standards, and connect these ideas to your teaching practice. All first-time Jump Start attendees must attend Foundations.  

Component 1- Content Knowledge:
Learn what is expected for this component and strategies to identify possible assessment center exercise items. Begin to determine your content knowledge strengths and gaps, identify resources and develop a study plan.

Component 2 - Differentiation in Instruction:
Determine what is expected for this component using National Board content area component directions, standards and scoring rubrics and identify resources for developing written commentary.

Component 3 - Teaching Practice and Learning Environment:
This academy introduces candidates to the three focus areas of Component 3: learning environment, student engagement, and sequence of instruction. Candidates will chart the requirements of Component 3, learn how to navigate the component directions, and discuss ways to capture accomplished practice in video evidence.

Component 4 - Effective and Reflective Practitioner:
Dig into component directions, standards, and scoring rubrics to understand what candidates must do in this component. Learn resources for gaining data and assessment literacy skills.

 Foundations in Practice for Component 2, 3 and 4:
Collaborate with other candidates to co-construct a menu of effective strategies for differentiation and student work analysis, for data analysis and assessment, for dynamic engagement, for developing and for instructional practices to support your development of Components 2, 3 and 4.

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