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National Board Certification

Important Announcements:

The deadline to complete all steps to apply for scholarship is Monday, May 23, 2022 for all candidates who wish to begin in Fall 2022. (See below for more information.)

Highly accomplished teachers are essential to improving schools. This voluntary, teacher driven professional growth experience:

  • Raises the level of rigor while improving student achievement.
  • Promotes intense synthesis, analysis and reflection of one’s own teaching and learning as related to specific teaching standards.
  • Uses current student data and interactions to improve student learning.
  • Promotes and develops more focused, purposeful teaching through a highly effective standards process.
  • Creates opportunities for all teachers to teach more effectively.
  • Engages parents and the community in deliberate and purposeful interactions.
  • Facilitates data analysis of students needs and identifies focused areas for improvement.
  • Reaffirms teaching strategies through 25 different certificate areas.
  • Quality Candidate Support enhances the level of rigor and reflection of the National Board process and decreases attrition rate.

Resources for Candidates who will begin Fall 2022 and submit in Spring 2023

General Information

Scholarship

The window to apply for scholarship to cover the full cost of certification ($1900 plus retakes, if needed) is now open. The deadline to complete all steps to apply for scholarship is Monday, May 23, 2022 for all candidates who wish to begin in Fall 2022. Click here to access the scholarship directions.

Resources for Continuing Candidates

Scholarship

NBPTS is still in the process of applying MSDE payment to candidate accounts for those who are on scholarship. It is anticipated that all payments will be finalized by April 29, 2022.

Timeline

Component 1: Content Knowledge Testing Window - March 1 - June 15, 2022

ePortfolio Submission Window* - April 1 - May 18, 2022

*Be sure to begin uploading submissions several days before May 18, 2022 to ensure all submissions are submitted in time.

Questions? 

National Board Customer Support
1-800-22TEACH

National Board

NBCT Questions

Ms. Karen Shilling, NBCT Support 

Email:  

Karen_C_Shilling@mcpsmd.org

Facilitator and Course Questions 

Ms. Java Robinson, MCEA Liaison 

Email:  

Java_M_Robinson@mcpsmd.org

Photos

  • The Class of 2014 New and Renewed NBCTs Pinning Ceremony at MCEA
  • New NBCT Alexis Simmons and Richard Montgomery HS Assistant Principal Kim Heidler
  • NBCTs Aileen Baron, Jennifer Craft, and Claudia Fraser welcoming NBCTs
  • Pam Lever, NBCT, welcoming New NBCT Tom Fetherman
  • New NBCT Dana Sato adds her star to the NBCT map with Madeleine Thompson, NBCT
  • NBCTs Shalini Komal, Steve Dubrow, Renee Patrick (Renewed 2014), Jolynn Tarwater
  • Doug Prouty, MCEA President, addresses New and Renewed NBCTs
  • Daryl Alston, New NBCT, pinned by Lesley Johnson, NBCT Specialist
  • Laura Schley, New NBCT, presents the National Board Network Principal's award to Jennifer Webster, Principal, Damascus HS
  • Gail Melson, New NBCT, reflecting on the National Board Certification process

Resources

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards - The National Board is recognized for developing the professional standards that define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.  The National Board also administers National Board Certification, a voluntary assessment program that certifies educators who meet those standards.

Website for a more broad understanding of the National Board.

Your Maryland Certification - one of the three requirements for National Board Certification is a MD state license. You can check your MSDE certification and print it yourself. Also, if you have questions for the Certification Unit they have lots of information.

 

About the National Board Process

Mission (from boardcertifiedteachers.org)

To advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading and engaging National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and leaders in that process.

Rationale

Highly accomplished teachers are essential to improving schools. The National Board Process is unlike any other professional development experience in MCPS. It takes “The Skillful Teacher” to the next level where she can demonstrate that they have achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

This voluntary, teacher driven professional growth experience:

  • Raises the level of rigor while improving student achievement.
  • Promotes intense synthesis, analysis and reflection of one’s own teaching and learning as related to specific teaching standards.
  • Uses current student data and interactions to improve student learning.
  • Promotes and develops more focused, purposeful teaching through a highly effective standards process.
  • Creates opportunities for all teachers to teach more effectively.
  • Engages parents and the community in deliberate and purposeful interactions.
  • Facilitates data analysis of students needs and identifies focused areas for improvement.
  • Reaffirms teaching strategies.
  • Quality Candidate Support enhances the level of rigor and reflection of the National Board process and decreases attrition rate.