NBCT Candidate Resource Page

#NBCT2B

Congrats NBCT candidates for embarking on this exciting professional learning adventure! National Board Certification was a turning point in my career, and I am so thankful to those who supported me during the process. To pay it forward, I created this website to help all candidates (including those who received the grant) find information about the NBCT process, available mentoring, and resources. I've been a mentor for almost 20 years, and if I don't have the answer, I can help you find it!  On that note, please do not send me your components to read.  I am already overcommitted with several mentoring cohorts outside my regular job, and  I prefer face-to face support to provide the very best feedback.  I get so many requests from all over to review components, and it hurts every time when I have to say no. 

Highly recommend candidates to join the Alabama Network of National Board Certification Facebook group! Their website is really helpful too.

Please know your Portfolio Instructions and Certificate Standards are already posted online for your review. I encourage candidates to carefully study their certificate area portfolios, highlighting new information, as well as practices they are already
implementing. You should also review the Guide to National Board Certification for general information, protocols,
and policies. To view the available certificates (and student age ranges), click here

Good luck to you all - you've got this!! Melissa Shields, NBCT, Ed.D. - mshields@alsde.edu / Twitter: mjshields

National Board Certified Teachers and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards advance the quality of teaching and learning by:

  • Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do

  • Providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards

  • Advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers

copied from http://www.nbpts.org

NBC Process - Click Infographic below for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

NBCT Presentations and Docs

  • Getting Started Whole Group and Small Group Activities  - Handou

NEW! - NBCT2B Component Resource Site 

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NBPTS Channel on Youtube

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has joined the nonprofit channels on YouTube. View NBPTS videos as well as National Board Certified Teachers discussing the effect National Board Certification has on classrooms, schools and communities.
http://www.youtube.com/user/nbptsstaff


Alabama NBPTS Website
Alabama NBPTS wants to help NBCTs across the state support certification candidates, work to improve education in local schools and across the state, and to discover places of leadership in our profession.
Goals: to provide a connections between Alabama teachers and NBPTS and between Alabama NBCTs and to provide a support system for NBCTs as they support candidates, share ideas and concerns, work to improve our schools, and seek leadership positions.
http://www.alabamanbctnetwork.com/

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization. It was formed in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating certified teachers into educational reform efforts.
http://www.nbpts.org/


NBCT Directory Search
Find Alabama NBCTs near you!

What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do (NBPTS Document) 

Toolkit for School and System Leaders

This toolkit highlights four successful models that have been used to expand Board certification in school districts across the country. It also provides ready-made resources that advocates can use to bring decision-makers and stakeholders on board and engage a team to design and lead the program. Resources include communication tools, visuals, testimonials, detailed case studies, planning tools and general tips based on Board-certified teacher-led initiatives that have shown success.

https://www.nbpts.org/cohort-toolkit

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Additional Stipends for "Challenging, High Poverty Schools"*

NEW - Memo Regarding NBC law, including eligible NBCTs and and schools (August 8, 2019)

 

Last Years' Memo (May 30, 2018)

Updated Memo Regarding Stipends for Poverty Schools (updated June 13, 2018). 

*Currently, all Alabama NBCTs receive $5000 annual supplements (as described in the memo).  The stipend mentioned above is an additional $5000. 

 

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FREE Mentoring

 


Each of the 11 Regional Inservice Centers provide support for National Board Certification. Please contact your region's ARIC Director for more information. You may find your Director's contact information here.

North Alabama

  • Anniston location (through JSU Inservice Center). Meets monthly on Wednesdays - be sure to register on STIPD early so they can ensure enough mentors!

  • Athens location (through Athens State Inservice Center). Meets monthly - be sure to register on STIPD early so they can ensure enough mentors!  Contact Patty Maze for more info: patricia.maze@athens.edu.

  • Huntsville locations (through AAMU/ UAH Inservice Center). Meets monthly on Saturdays.  ​Contact Dr. Tammy Alexander for more info: tammy.alexander@aamu.edu.

Central Alabama

  • Candidates and renewals may participate in monthly support groups in Gardendale through UAB Inservice Center: STIPD: UABRIC01160.  See flyer for more information.  

West Alabama 

  • UA/UWA has monthly sessions, led by Dr. Holly Morgan (hgmorgan@ua.edu) and Leslie Hughes (leslie.hughes.31@gmail.com)

    • Facebook Group: UA/ UWA NBCT Support

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Grant Awardee Information

 

For 2019-2020 NBCT grant information, click HERE   

Ultimately, it is the candidate's responsibility to review and understand the National Board process, following the instructions carefully. Every certificate is different!

Candidates should review the Guide to National Board Certification and become very familiar with the National Board policy, National Board Certification process, and their National Board accounts. If candidates have questions about their accounts, they should contact the customer support team via email or by phone at 1-800-22TEACH. 

It's important to note that in order for scholarship funding to be applied to candidates' accounts, they must complete the component registration process through Step 3: Order Review, clicking "Submit Order," for EACH component they plan to take in the current assessment year. The screenshots to help navigate registration begins on page 25 of the Guide. 

 

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Once you are certified, you can renew your Alabama teaching certificate. You may complete the usual forms, or you can complete an "alternative form" for National Board Certification (particularly for those who certified in grade/age spans beyond their previous degrees). To do so, go to http://www.alsde.edu/edcert , click on "Other Approaches" in yellow box, and then National Board Certification.  If you have questions, you might contact Tricia Wool, twool@alsde.edu. She was especially helpful when I called with questions.

 

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Summer 2020 NBCT Boot Camp - Hold the Date!

This free event is open to ALL Alabama candidates and renewals through the UAB Inservice Center. Boot Camp will be held July 21-22 in Bham area - location to be determined. 

Participants will be able to register through this link late spring/early summer.  PowerSchools information will be shared at the conference.  

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