MCEA National Board Certification Support Program

We have 706 MCEA members that have achieved National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). And the best news? A far higher percentage of MCEA members pursuing National Board Certification actually achieve it, compared to the national average. Why? We have one of the most comprehensive National Board support program, which is coordinated by MCEA’s Center For Teacher Leadership. Our focus is to prepare and build the capacity of National Board Certified Teachers to be school leaders and teacher leaders.  

Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is recognition of high levels of knowledge and skills, the ability for self-reflection and continuous improvement, and the ability to use a variety of teaching strategies to meet the needs of a diverse student population. MCEA and MCPS agree that quality teaching is a complex job that requires knowledge, skill, preparation, and commitment.  It is in the interest of MCPS and MCEA to support members in the certification process.  

Candidate Support offered through MCEA

The MCEA Center for Teacher Leadership has four new courses this year to support National Board candidates.  These courses replace the candidate support sessions we traditionally held on Saturdays.  Instead of offering coaches for candidates, we are offering courses with trained facilitators to support candidates at a deeper level throughout their process.

NBCTs, please pass this information along to current candidates.  If you are planning to renew this year, please scroll down to view the course specifically designed to support renewal candidates.

These courses are designed for candidates to:

  • engage in a collaborative learning environment,
  • exchange teaching strategies,
  • share experiences,
  • practice descriptive, analytical, and reflective feedback, and
  • adjust teaching practices toward mastery of teaching standards.

All courses are facilitated by trained Professional Learning Facilitators who are National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). All classes are held at MCEA.

Courses offered:

  • MCEA National Board Jump Start (3 CPDs)
  • Exploring Accomplished Teaching: Designing, Implementing, and Reflecting on Student Focused Instruction (2 CPDs)
  • Exploring Accomplished Teaching: Student Focused Strategies, Engagement, Reflection (2 CPDs)
  • Exploring Accomplished Teaching: Focusing on Building Relationships, Learning Communities, and Collaboration (2 CPDs)
  • NBCT Renewal: Continuing Growth, Leadership and Achievement (3 CPDs)

If you have any questions, please e-mail Ambereen Khan-Baker, NBCT: akhanbaker@mceanea.org.

Course Title: Exploring Accomplished Teaching: Designing, Implementing, and Reflecting on Student Focused Instruction (Component 2)
Course Fee: $30, checks payable to MCEA; payment due at first class
Audience: National Board candidates registered for Component 2 for the 2016-2017 candidate cycle.
CPD credits: 30 Hours of work = 2 CPD

Register Here

Registration closes October 7.

Outcomes      

  • Participants will gather and analyze information about individual students’ strengths and needs and use that information to design and implement instruction to advance student learning and achievement. They will evaluate learning strengths and needs for individual students; plan and implement appropriate differentiated instruction for those students; and analyze and modify instructional strategies and materials based on ongoing assessment.
  • Participants will strengthen their knowledge of the Five Core Propositions, the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching, and their certificate area Standards.  Teachers will engage in a collaborative learning environment. They will exchange teaching strategies, share experiences, learn how to provide effective and analytical feedback, adjust their own practices, close gaps between their own mastery, and reflect on their own work.

Expected Work

  • Attend 5 mandatory face-to-face 3-hour classes, all held at the MCEA Conference Center (12 Taft Court, Rockville, MD).
  • Submit 2 analyses of student work samples that demonstrate the students’ growth over time.
  • Submit 2 drafts of written commentaries that analyze one’s instructional choices.
  • Submit 1 final written commentary that analyzes one’s instructional choices.
  • Track an additional 15 hours of self-directed planning and support work following the face- to-face meetings. Participants will track this and provide regular updates to course facilitators via online resources.
  • The course uses a pass/fail grading system.     

Schedule on Saturday mornings, 9:00am-12:00pm:

  •       Class #1 October 22, 2016
  •       Class #2 December 17, 2016
  •       Class #3 January 28, 2017
  •       Class #4 February 11, 2017
  •       Class #5 March 11, 2017

Course: Exploring Accomplished Teaching: Student Focused Strategies, Engagement, Reflection (Component 3)
Course Fee: $30, checks payable to MCEA; payment due at first class
Audience: National Board candidates registered for Component 3 for the 2016-2017 candidate cycle.
CPD credits: 30 Hours of work = 2 CPD

Register Here

Registration closes October 7.

Outcomes:    

  • Participants will provide and analyze instructional planning, direct evidence of teaching practices from two video recordings and instructional materials, and analyze and reflect on teaching displayed in two video recordings. Participants will learn to analyze evidence of their practice as it relates to instruction, student engagement, and the learning environment.  They will focus on improving key practices: interactions with students, climate of an instructional setting, and the ways to engage students in learning.  They will learn how to provide an analytical examination of instruction: connect what they did with what they see in the evidence of student learning, examine the effectiveness of their actions, their possible options, and the potential effects of those options.
  • Participants will strengthen their knowledge of the Five Core Propositions, the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching, and their certificate area Standards.  Teachers will engage in a collaborative learning environment. They will exchange teaching strategies, share experiences, learn how to provide effective and analytical feedback, adjust their own practices, close gaps between their own mastery, and reflect on their own work.

Expected Work

  • Attend 5 mandatory face-to-face 3-hour classes, all held at the MCEA Conference Center (12 Taft Court, Rockville, MD).
  • Create and analyze 2 video recordings (10–15 minutes each).
  • Submit 2 drafts of written commentary, in which participants describe, analyze and reflect on their teaching and student interactions.
  • Submit 1 final written commentary, in which participants describe, analyze and reflect on their teaching and student interactions.
  • Track an additional 15 hours of self-directed planning and support work following the face- to-face meetings. Participants will track this and provide regular updates to course facilitators via online resources.
  • The course uses a pass/fail grading system.     

Schedule, Monday evenings, 4:30pm-7:30pm:

  • Class #1 October 17, 2016
  • Class #2 November 14, 2016
  • Class #3 December 12, 2016
  • Class #4 February 6, 2017
  • Class #5 April 3, 2017

Course: Exploring Accomplished Teaching: Focusing on Building Relationships, Learning Communities, and Collaboration (Component 4)
Course Fee: $30, checks payable to MCEA; payment due at first class
Audience: National Board candidates registered for Component 4 for the 2016-2017 candidate cycle.
CPD credits: 30 Hours of work = 2 CPD

Register Here

Registration closes October 7.

Outcomes      

  • Participants will learn how to identify and analyze their abilities as an effective and reflective practitioner in developing and applying their knowledge of their students. They will gather information from a variety of sources about a group of students; use assessments to effectively plan for and positively impact their students’ learning; and provide evidence of their collaboration with families and caregivers, the community, and colleagues and of their contributions to learning communities to advance students’ learning and growth.  They will reflect on their practice of gathering and using information about students and how they can best contribute to positive changes for students and your practice.
  • Participants will strengthen their knowledge of the Five Core Propositions, the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching, and their certificate area Standards.  Teachers will engage in a collaborative learning environment. They will exchange teaching strategies, share experiences, learn how to provide effective and analytical feedback, adjust their own practices, close gaps between their own mastery, and reflect on their own work.

Expected Work

  • Attend 5 mandatory face-to-face 3-hour classes, all held at the MCEA Conference Center (12 Taft Court, Rockville, MD).
  • Submit 1 completed Group Information and Profile Form (no more than 2 pages) and associated evidence for a group of students.
  • Submit 1 response and reflection analyzing a professional learning need.  Response addresses this prompt: “Describe a professional learning need and a student need on which you have worked collaboratively with colleagues to meet or about which you have shared your expertise in a leadership role with the larger learning community.”
  • Submit 2 drafts of written commentary, focusing on one’s practice of gathering and using information about students and contributing to positive changes for students.
  • Submit 1 final written commentary, focusing on one’s practice of gathering and using information about students and contributing to positive changes for students.
  • Track an additional 15 hours of self-directed planning and support work following the face- to-face meetings. Participants will track this and provide regular updates to course facilitators via online resources.
  • The course uses a pass/fail grading system.     

Schedule, Monday evenings: 4:30pm-7:30pm:

  • Class #1 October 24, 2016
  • Class #2 December 5, 2016
  • Class #3 January 9, 2017
  • Class #4 March 6, 2017
  • Class #5 May 1, 2017

Course: NBCT Renewal: Continuing Growth, Leadership and Achievement
Course Fee:   $30, checks payable to MCEA; payment due at first class
Audience         NBCTs registered for their Renewal process for the 2016-2017 renewal cycle.
CPD credits     45 Hours of work = 3 CPD

Register Here

Registration closes October 7.

Outcomes                

  • Participants will articulate and examine how their teaching practices continue to align with the Five Core Propositions in their initial certificate area.  Participants will identify and analyze professional growth activities, which include ongoing development of certificate-specific content knowledge, as well as pedagogical and technological skills, obtained through workshops, courses, and readings of current professional literature. They will provide sufficient evidence of such continued professional growth that has focused on increased student learning.
  • Participants will strengthen their knowledge of the Five Core Propositions, the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching, and their certificate area Standards.  Teachers will engage in a collaborative learning environment. They will exchange teaching strategies, share experiences, learn how to provide effective and analytical feedback, adjust their own practices, close gaps between their own mastery, and reflect on their own work.

Expected Work

  • Attend 5 mandatory face-to-face 3-hour classes, all held at the MCEA Conference Center (12 Taft Court, Rockville, MD).
  • Submit 1 analysis and reflection about four areas of professional growth that participants identify as important.   In their reflections, participants must reflect their continuous commitment and contributions to the professional activities that ultimately have an impact on student learning.
  • Submit 1 written commentary that reflects over a video recording and provide evidence of student learning in an environment that ensures equity of access, promotes an appreciation of diversity, and demonstrates certificate-specific content knowledge.  This commentary should focus on one of the identified Professional Growth Experiences.
  • Submit 1 written commentary that focuses on another Professional Growth Experience and must demonstrate either a direct or indirect impact on student learning.
  • Submit 1 reflection that analyzes the connections and patterns among the three components of a Profile of Professional Growth. Focus on challenges encountered as well as discuss plans for continued professional growth and efforts to impact student learning.
  • Track an additional 30 hours of self-directed planning and support work following the face- to-face meetings. Participants will track this and provide regular updates to course facilitators via online resources.
  • The course uses a pass/fail grading system.    

Schedule:

  • Tuesday 9/27/2016 at 4:30 PM
  • Thursday 12/8/2016 4:30 PM  
  • Tuesday 3/7/2017 4:30 PM    
  • TBD: Two additional dates

Interested in learning about National Board certification?

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. The certification was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

  • This animated infographic gives an overview of the benefits of National Board Certification and the Five Core Propositions from the perspective of a Board-certified teacher.
  • Hear from of our own NBCTs, Sunila Varghese-Saunders, on National Board certification.  
  • Watch this YouTube clip from NBCTs across the nation as they share their experiences with Board certification.
  • Questions? Visit this website or call 1-800-22TEACH for more information regarding National Board certification.
  • Recruitment sessions are typically held in March and April.  Look out for e-mails from MCEA and check updates on this website.

How do I pay for National Board Certification?

  • State/local scholarships may be available to cover costs to pursue certification.  Information is provided at recruitment sessions, typically held in March and April. Look out for e-mails from MCEA and check updates on this website.
  • See Article 14 of the MCEA/MCBOE Contract Agreement  (2015-2017): “Permit use of tuition reimbursement funds to pay the cost of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards components, renewal fees, and successful retakes of National Board unit exams, provided the total cost for this and credit reimbursements does not exceed the maximum available per individual.”

Montgomery County National Board Network

National Board Certification is not just a personal and professional achievement; it can be the beginning of new leadership opportunities within public education. MCPS, MCEA, and the Center for Teacher Leadership have helped to organize a National Board Network for NBPTS Certified Teachers. The Network supports candidates and they advise – and represent – MCEA on a range of instructional initiatives within MCPS.  MCEA and MCPS recognize the significant leadership that teachers provide in the improvement of instructional practice and school quality.

Resources for candidates:

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website for candidates: http://www.boardcertifiedteachers.org
  • Click here for certificate-specific instructions, standards, and resources for candidates who began as a first-time candidate in the 2014-15 candidate cycle or later.
  • Contact National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) with specific questions about certification and registration: 1-800-22-TEACH, or see their website.  You can receive your National Board ID number from them.
  • Deciding on a certification area?  Read “Choosing the Right Certificate” to help you select the best certification area.
  • Register for the National Board Components you plan to take this year directly with National Board.  Important: If you are receiving a scholarship from the state, when you register for the process through NBPTS, make sure you check “third party payer.”  DO NOT mark private because the state will not be able to pay.
  • Please review the Guide to National Board Certification for key 2016-17 dates and deadlines.
  • Candidates completing Component 4 this year: Component 4 is in pilot stage.  It is expected to be released for all certificate areas in the fall of 2016. Not all certificate areas are available at this time, but you can still view pilot tests here.  You will need to reprint instructions when they are officially released.
  • Subscribe to The Standard, the official blog of National Board, and read about current teaching practices, leadership experiences, and thoughts of NBCTs from across different parts of the country.
  • Sign up for Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief, which provides a daily snapshot of the teaching community with news from Education Week, Teacher Magazine and other leading sources.
  • Access NBPTS resource page for certificate-specific standards, overviews of the certification components available, and important policy and procedure documents.
  • The Five Core Propositions represent what all accomplished teachers share in their expertise and dedication to advance student achievement.
  • See Article 14 of the MCEA/MCBOE Contract Agreement  (2015-2017) on support for National Board Certification.

Renewal information for NBCTs

Signing into your account with NBPTS

  • Candidates who began the process in 2014-2015 or beyond, as well as those interested in becoming a candidate, click here to access or create an account.  Please review the Guide to National Board Certification for key 2016-17 dates and deadlines.
  • If you are an NBCT or a candidate who began the certification process in or prior to 2013-14, please log in to My Profile and update your account through My Profile. If you’ve changed schools, moved, switched e-mail addresses or made changes to other important information, it’s time to update your My Profile account, so NBPTS can keep you in the loop with the latest news and important updates. If you have a question about your account, call 1-800-22TEACH.

Contacting NBPTS

Contact National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) with specific questions about certification and registration.  You can receive your National Board ID number from them. You can reach National Board Customer Support services Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CDT, by calling 1-800-22TEACH.  ee their website for more details.