National Board Certification Seminars

Exploring National Board Certification (online)

Educators declare National Board Certification to be the best opportunity for professional growth they ever experience. Attend this session and learn about the process, eligibility, cost, and time considerations.

Mon., April 29 (7–8:15 p.m.) Register now >>

National Board Jump Start

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 2019-2020 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 Jump Start. 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 Laurie Bernskoetter at (573) 644-9623 or

Tan-Tar-A, Osage Beach 
July 15-17, 2019

This is the only time National Board Jump Start will be offered in the 2019-2020 school year.
The following Jump Start sessions are for candidates planning to submit components during the 2019-2020 school year.  

Foundations and Component 2
- Mon., July 15, 2019 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)  
Components 3 and 4 - Tues., July 16, 2019 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)   
Foundations in Practice and Component 1 - Wed., July 17, 2019 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 

Registration fee to attend all three days is $135 ($45 per day) for MNEA members, $475 for non-members. Fee includes lunch and morning coffee.

Participants should check with their school districts to see if they will cover any of your expenses to attend Jump Start training. National Board training is recognized as an eligible expenditure for the school district's professional development committee funds and Title II funds.  

Hotel rooms can be reserved directly with Tan Tar A prior to May 31 for up to 4 people per room for $129.00, plus $10 resort fee and taxes. If two people share one hotel room, that works out to $75 each person per night. Call 800-826-8272 to reserve your hotel room, and tell them you are attending the Missouri NEA event. Reserve your room as soon as possible, as rooms may sell out before May 31. If you’d like to be paired with a roommate, please email Laurie Bernskoetter at

Registration deadline Thurs., May 30, 2019. Extended to June 13, 2019
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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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