Register for Jump Start to National Board


July 8-10, 2024 
Missouri NEA Headquarters 
1810 E Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO

Member Fee: $55 per day or $165 for all sessions 
Non-Member Fee: $135 per day or $405 for all sessions   
Fees include lunch and morning coffee. 

Deadline to register: June 14 
Registration may close earlier if we reach the maximum capacity of 40 participants. 

Foundations 1*: Mon., July 8, 9 a.m.- noon  
Component 2: Mon., July 8, 1-4 p.m.    
Component 3: Tues, July 9, 8:30 a.m.- noon  
Foundations 2: Tues., July 9, 1-4 p.m.  
Component 4: Wed., July 10, 8:30 a.m. - noon  
Component 1: Wed., July 10, 1-4 p.m.

*All first-time Jumpstart attendees must attend Foundations 1. 



MNEA National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive seminar designed to provide National Board candidates with 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 and gather resources and information needed to pursue certification —all in a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment. This workshop is for first-time, returning, and advanced candidates who plan to submit any components of National Board Certification in the 2024-2025 school year. Find out more about National Board Certification at

Questions? Contact Olivia Compton (, (417) 569-1401)


  • "I thought I could just figure this all out but after diving into each component and standard, I realized I couldn’t navigate this half as easy without the expertise of the awesome Jump Start facilitators." 

  • "It is very overwhelming to look at all the National Board material and this highlights important information. It also made getting organized more simple. There were good questions and insights from everyone." 

  • "NEA National Board Jump Start demystifies the process and allows for a thorough analysis of various parts that someone would probably not take the time to do independently as they wouldn’t know how valuable the process is."


Jump Start Session Descriptions

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.