National Board Certification Seminars

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Jump Start to National Board Certification

Jump Start is an intensive seminar geared for teachers pursuing National Board Certification, designed by trainers who have worked with thousands of candidates.

This workshop is for candidates who plan to submit any components of National Board Certification in the 2018-2019 school year. Find out more about National Board Certification at

This workshop prepares you for the process and assists you in beginning your entries. During the workshop, you will learn techniques that result in better components and how to organize your resources and time to be most efficient. Print (one-sided, hole-punched and in binders) your standards, portfolio instructions, and What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do.

Foundations I is required for all to attend if you have not already attended. Many attended this training over the summer. If you are just starting the National Board process, we recommend you attend all sessions.

Returning participants choose which sessions to attend, depending on where they are in the certification process.

Questions? Contact Ann Jarrett ( or Roxane Bly ( at 573-644-9606.

2018-2019 Schedule 

Component 2 - Mon., Nov. 5 (6:30-9:15 p.m.)  Register >>
Foundations I - Mon., Oct. 15 (6:30-9:15 p.m.) Register >>
Component 3 - Mon., Oct. 29 (6:30-9:15 p.m.) Register >>
Component 4 - Mon., Dec. 3 (6:30-9:15 p.m.) Register >>
Foundations in Practice - Mon., Jan. 7 (6:30-9:15 p.m.) Register >>
Component 1 - Mon., Feb. 25 (6:30-9:15 p.m.) Register >>

Candidates are invited to attend the following at no cost.

Fall Frenzy
Kansas City (Nov.10) Register >>
St. Louis (Dec. 8) Register >>

February Frenzy
Kansas City (Feb. 22-23Register >>
St. Louis (Feb. 22-23) Register >>

Descriptions of each Jump Start session:

Foundations - Body of Knowledge:
Delve into the National Board's essential ideas about what teachers should know and be able to do: Five Core Propositions, Architecture of Accomplished Teaching and National Board Content area standards, and connect these ideas to your teaching practice. All first-time Jump Start attendees must attend Foundations.  

Component 1- Content Knowledge:
Learn what is expected for this component and strategies to identify possible assessment center exercise items. Begin to determine your content knowledge strengths and gaps, identify resources and develop a study plan.

Component 2 - Differentiation in Instruction:
Determine what is expected for this component using National Board content area component directions, standards and scoring rubrics and identify resources for developing written commentary.

Component 3 - Teaching Practice and Learning Environment:
This academy introduces candidates to the three focus areas of Component 3: learning environment, student engagement, and sequence of instruction. Candidates will chart the requirements of Component 3, learn how to navigate the component directions, and discuss ways to capture accomplished practice in video evidence.

Component 4 - 
Effective and Reflective Practitioner:
Dig into component directions, standards, and scoring rubrics to understand what candidates must do in this component. Learn resources for gaining data and assessment literacy skills.

Foundations in Practice for Component 2, 3 and 4:
Collaborate with other candidates to co-construct a menu of effective strategies for differentiation and student work analysis, for data analysis and assessment, for dynamic engagement, for developing and for instructional practices to support your development of Components 2, 3 and 4.

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