National Board Toolkit
CERRA unveiled its National Board Candidate Support Toolkit in July 2007. Updates were made in 2014. We will be revising the toolkit throughout 2017 and release updates as they are completed. Please continue monitoring this page to ensure you are using the most up-to-date materials.
The toolkit's several "workshops" provide assistance and guidance to educators working to complete the National Board Certification process. Most of the "workshops" feature walk-through support exercises and a supplemental PowerPoint presentation to aid in a Candidate Support.
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NBCT Toolkit Overview
CERRA is currently revising the National Board Toolkit to provide consistent candidate support across the state. This revised toolkit will provide greater flexibility for candidate support providers. Each workshop can stand alone and workshops may be conducted in any sequence to meet the needs of the candidates. Candidate support providers may present each workshop over several sessions or may select to conduct only those portions of the workshop relevant to the needs of the Candidates at that time.
It is important to note, National Board materials are not included as part of the workshops, but serve as an important resource for candidates. Access and materials National Board provides may change or be adaptive. In an effort to provide candidates the most current version of National Board materials, we highly suggest candidate support providers demonstrate how these materials are accessed.
The National Board Toolkit is comprised of several workshops for candidates in all stages of the process.
The National Board Awareness PowerPoint should be used to provide potential candidates with an overview of the National Board process. The workshop is designed to last about an hour.
The National Board Renewal PowerPoint should be used to provide potential renewal candidates with an overview of the Renewal process. The workshop is designed to last about an hour.
Content Knowledge is a computer-based assessment focused on the demonstration of certificate specific content knowledge and pedagogical practices. Component One is assessed through the completion of three constructed response exercises and approximately 45 selected response items. The PowerPoint, activities, and handouts found below can be used to support candidates as they prepare for Component One.
Candidate support providers have the option of asking candidates to keep a journal of the workshops they attend. Each activity includes processing questions that could be used as journaling activities during the workshop or as a take-away from the workshop.
As candidates grow through the process, the journal will serve as important documentation of their growth. It will also be an important reference for candidates following workshops when they are working independently.
Note Regarding Candidate Support: Candidate support providers are reminded to adhere to the ethical standards and guidelines established by National Board and CERRA. This toolkit is meant to preserve the quality of support candidates are provided, as well as guide candidate support providers to providing support that is beneficial and in the best interest of all parties.
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