National Board Jump Start, Home Stretch & MoC

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Online National Board Trainings will be conducted through Zoom. Registrants will receive a follow-up email a few days prior to the training with the Zoom link information. More National Board training information can be found here: WEA professional development opportunities are open to WEA members only. If you are a non-member and would like to join, click here to sign up for membership.

Please contact Arlyn Palomo or Jennifer Wolf with any program questions.

National Board Information Session Series

Audience: Certificated Educators

National Board Certification - Overview: Session 1 (2 clock hours)

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

This introductory session on National Board Certification provides an overview of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), basics of the certification process, and why educators consider board certification.
Register: 4/9/24

National Board Certification - Standards & Process: Session 2 (2 clock hours)

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

This second session on National Board Certification focuses on a deeper exploration of the NBPTS certificate area standards and the four required components. The session also shares basics about candidate support options.
Register: 4/16/24

National Board Certification - Support & Next Steps: Session 3 (2 clock hours)

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

This third session in the WEA National Board Certification Information Series helps educators decide possible next steps and timelines with the certification process. Educators explore various support options available, and finalize a personal check-list to guide their National Board journey.
Register: 4/23/24

National Board Certification Writing Sessions

Audience:  Certificated Educators preparing to submit their application for National Board Certification. Highly recommended: Previous attendance at a WEA Summer National Board Jump Start Series. Nat'l Board Certification courses are open to WEA Members. There is a $25 course fee for each session.

NBCT Candidates will have an opportunity to participate in a virtual study group facilitated by NBCT teachers along with other candidates. These sessions will review important information focused on the listed Component and will provide individualized support for candidates with their preparation and writing. Supported Work Time is provided for candidates who need help getting started with an experienced NBCT facilitator.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants should be able to understand the requirements of each component, including its scoring process and accompanying forms.
  • Participants may receive focused feedback on their written component drafts.
  • Participants will have supported time to work to apply the knowledge gained from facilitators and peers.

Component 1 - Constructed Response (Essay) (4 clock hours)

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Component 2 - Using Student Evidence (4 clock hours)

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Component 3 - Video Analysis (4 clock hours)

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Component 4 - Analyzing Student Information (4 clock hours)

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National Board Maintenance of Certificate (MOC)

WEA offers three modules to help you pursue your National Board MOC. Each module offers a different focus to guide you through this process. You may participate in all three modules. You may find that you just need the overview which is offered in Module One.  If you plan to engage in all three modules, we ask that you take them in sequence so that you are prepared. Each module is interactive with breakout rooms and time for questions.  MOC Training is available for all WEA Members.  Our Certification Trainings are conducted Online  through zoom.  You will receive a follow-up email a few days prior to the event with zoom link information.Course fee is $20 per Module.

Module 1 (4 clock hours)

Overview of the MOC process and introduction of Professional Growth Experiences (PGEs). The homework is to draft PGEs and share them in Module Two.

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Module 2 (4 clock hours)

Details of the MOC process. Participants will share possible PGEs and dive into the prompts for Components One and Two.

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Module 3 (3 clock hours)

Feedback and Support for your MOC work. Participants will share a draft of one PGE and give and receive feedback on their work.

Check back for the Winter/Spring 2024 MOC Three Training opportunities

WEA National Board Jump Start

June 24-June 28, 2024 -or- July 29-August 2, 2024
Times Vary (See registration link for class times.)

WEA's National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive, multi-day 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, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification. All this happens in a supportive, constructive and collegial environment.

There are a total of six (6) training modules that will be offered each training week. Foundations I must be completed as a pre-requisite before taking the component options. Those who register for the June 24 Foundations I session have the option of taking any of the component sessions from the June 24-28 and July 29-Aug. 2 training weeks. Those  who take Foundations I on July 29 may only take component options offered during the July 29-Aug. 2 training week. In addition to Foundations I, participants will be able to take Component 1, Component 2, Component 3, Component 4 and Foundations II. Independent work time is required in addition to the class time.

Participants can earn up to 30 WEA clock hours for taking all six modules. Registration is $75 and is open to WEA members only. Classes will be held online.
Register: 6/24-6/28/24; 7/29-8/2/24

Questions about registration? Contact Jennifer Wolf. Questions about National Board Certification? Email Arlyn Palomo.

WEA National Board Home Stretch

WEA's National Board Home Stretch takes place just before the National Board portfolio is due, when candidates are getting ready to focus their attention on final revisions. At Home Stretch, small like-certificate groups meet with a NBCT Facilitator to read and provide standards-based feedback on the written commentary for Components 2, 3, or 4 using a specially designed protocol. We do our best to have NBCTs in the same certificate area as candidates; however, that’s not always possible based on registration numbers and facilitator availability.

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Need more info about National Board?

Go here to find out more about the National Board process and to register as a National Board candidate.

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