National Board Jump Start, Home Stretch & MoC

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is implementing a new, 5 year “Maintenance of Certification” (MOC) starting in the 2020-21 candidate cycle.  The 5-year MOC replaces the 10 year Renewal option. You can read more about the MOC at the NBPTS website:

Maintaining your National Board Certification is a personal and public statement about your commitment to the profession and to your students. WEA's National Board Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Jump Start is a 1-day training that provides key information to NBCTs planning to undertake the new MOC. This training helps candidates consider their growth and experiences since becoming a NBCT and how to relate this to the MOC requirements.

To see the latest COVID-19 guidance from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), please check out this link:

National Board Information Session Series

Audience: Certificated Educators

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

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.

2021 session offerings have concluded. Check back for future dates!

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

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.

2021 session offerings have concluded. Check back for future dates!

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

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.

2021 session offerings have concluded. Check back for future dates!

National Board Maintenance of Certificate (MOC) Jump Start

In 2020, the National Board introduced the requirements for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC). This Jump Start training guides participants through this process while collaborating with other National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). MOC Jump Start consists of two modules. Each module will be an interactive, three-hour virtual training. Participants can attend one or both modules. Modules are eligible for 4 clock hours.

Module 1

Monday, August 2, 2021 - 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 12:00pm-3:00pm

Module 1 provides a big picture approach to MOC. In this training, participants will network with other NBCTs, review the Five Core Propositions, and get an overview of the MOC process. They will also begin to plan their Professional Growth Experiences (PGEs). The objectives for Module 1 include:

  • Network with other MOC candidates from around the state, creating informal support structures for candidacy ahead
  • Understand the Five Core Propositions in depth to frame the upcoming MOC process
  • Obtain an Overview of the MOC requirements and process to inform next steps with certification
  • Plan possible PGEs to meet the MOC requirements

Register for Module 1: August 2, 2021 or August 10, 2021

Module 2

Friday, August 6, 2021 - 9:00am-12:00pm
Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 12:00pm-3:00pm

Module 2 is a close look at the MOC instructions to inform next steps with PGEs. The objectives for Module 2 include:

  • Share an early draft of a PGE with other NBCTs candidates to inform future revisions
  • Network with other MOC candidates from around the state, creating informal support structures for candidacy ahead
  • Participate in a close read of the MOC PGP requirements to develop a deep understanding of requirements
  • Analyze the MOC instructions, and make a plan for completing their MOC

Register for Module 2: August 6, 2021 or August 12, 2021

Summer 2021 WEA National Board Jump Start

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. This summer, Jump Start will take place fully online!


  • Cost to attend is $75
  • Select as many of the remaining 5 modules (C1, C2, C3, C4, Foundations 2) as you like for the flat $75 registration fee
  • Registration is open to WEA members only 
  • Up to 30 WEA clock hours can be earned for those attending all 6 modules and three Q&A meetings.

Training weeks:

       June 28, 2021 - July 2, 2021
       July 26, 2021 - July 30, 2021

There are six total training modules that will be offered during each training week. Participants will select their specific training modules after submitting their event registration/payment. Note: Participants may choose to complete the full Jump Start experience in one week.

Foundations 1 is a required introduction to National Board Standards and must be completed before taking the component options. Those who register to attend Foundations 1 on June 28, 2021 have the option to take any of the component sessions from the June 28-July 2 Training Week and the July 26-July 30 Training Week. Those who register for Foundations 1 on July 26, 2021 may only take the component options offered during the July 26-July 30 Training Week. The six training modules are:

  • Foundations 1 (This is a required session for every participant.)
    Monday, June 28, 2021 or Monday, July 26, 2021
    8:30am - 12:00pm

  • Component 1 
    Thursday, July 1, 2021 or Thursday, July 29, 2021
    1:00pm - 4:30pm

  • Component 2
    Monday, June 28, 2021 or Monday, July 26, 2021
    1:00pm - 4:30pm

  • Component 3
    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 or Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    8:30am - 12:00pm

  • Component 4
    Thursday, July 1, 2021 or Thursday, July 29, 2021
    8:30am - 12:00pm

  • Foundations 2 (National Boards Mapping, like certificate area meetings with NBCTs)
    Friday, July 2, 2021 or Friday, July 30, 2021 (includes lunch break)
    8:30am - 2:00pm

Register: Foundations 1 - June 28, 2021 or Foundations 1 - July 26, 2021

Registration closes June 20, 2021 at 5:00pm. Participants will receive a confirmation email after completing registration and payment. Participants will the pre-register for the modules they would like to attend within that confirmation email to get the Zoom link for the course(s). Please contact Arlyn Palomo with any registration questions. Please contact Jim Meadows with any program questions.

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 one 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.

During the morning part of the agenda, candidates receive feedback on Component 2, 3 or 4 written commentary. In the afternoon segment, they can opt for feedback on a second component or testing center (Component 1) preparation.

2021 session offerings have concluded. Check back for future dates!

WEA National Board Maintenance of Certificate (MOC) Feedback and Support

WEA's Renewal MOC Feedback and Support provides NBCTs the opportunity to share and get feedback on a draft of their Professional Growth Experiences (PGEs) using a structured feedback protocol. There will be work time to make PGE revisions. 

Participants should bring four copies of one draft and any supporting documents of either Component 2, Component 3, and/or Component 4. Check-in begins at 8:00am. with class starting at 9:00am and ending at noon. Participants will share a copy of one draft of an MOC component, either Component One or Component Two.

2021 session offerings have concluded. Check back for future dates!

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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