National Board Jump Start

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2021 Registration Form

Dates and Fees (virtual)

First-time attendees must attend a Foundations I session.

Jump Start Academy
Times given incorporate independent work time.

Foundations 1:    
Mon., June 7, 5-8:30 p.m.
Component 2:     
Wed., July 14, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.
Component 3:     
Thurs., July 15, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.
Component 4:  
Fri., July 16, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Component 1:     
Mon., July 19, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Foundations 2:     
Tues., July 20, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m.


Attending all sessions: 
Early-bird ( by May 25) is $80 MNEA members, $360 non-members
Regular ( by June 3) is $120 MNEA members, $400 non-members

Attending individual sessions: 
Foundations I: No Charge 
Each session is $25 MNEA members, $67 for non-members
No Early-bird discount. 

Minimum number of participants must register in order to offer this training. Space is limited; registration may close early if we reach maximum capacity. No refunds after registration deadline. 

Registration Deadline: June 3
Early-Bird Deadline: May 24

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MNEA National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive seminar designed to provide National Board candidates important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification — all in a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment.

This workshop is for candidates who plan to submit any components of National Board Certification in the 2020-2021 school year. Find out more about National Board Certification at

Bring your standards, portfolio instructions, laptop computer and personal calendar with you.

If you are just starting the National Board process, we recommend you attend all sessions. First time NB Jump Start participants must attend Foundations I. Returning participants choose which days to attend, depending on where they are in the certification process. Scroll down this page to read descriptions of each session. Attend the 3-day program for $135 (MNEA members) or $480 (non-members). Registration includes lunch.

Some districts use Title II, Professional Development Committee, or other district funds to pay for National Board Jump Start registration and lodging. If you need more information to submit a request for funding, please contact

Questions? Contact Laurie Bernskoetter by email at or call her at (573) 644-9623.




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National Board Jump Start Academy

Participants should check with their school districts to see if they will cover any of your expenses to attend Jump Start training. National Board training is recognized as an eligible expenditure for the school district's professional development committee funds and Title II funds.  

First-time Jump Start attendees must attend a Foundations I session.  If you are just starting the process, we recommend you attend all days. Returning participants choose which days to attend.


 Date  Sessions Registration Fee
June 7, 2021
5 - 8:30 p.m.
Foundations I - 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. All first-time Jump Start attendees must attend Foundations.    

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Individual Sessions

Wednesday, July 14, 2021            
9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.
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.

July 15, 2021
9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.

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.

July 16, 2021
9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Components 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.

July 19, 2021
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

July 20, 2021
9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Foundations in Practice for Components 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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