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The West Virginia Center for Professional Development (WVCPD) has a long history of supporting teachers through the National Board Certification (NBC) process.  Our NBC Support Program is an in-depth professional development opportunity that allows participants to review and better understand the complete National Board Certification standards and process.  WVCPD partners with trained National Board support providers to offer teachers structured and sustained support. This begins in the summer with face-to-face professional development, and continues throughout the NBC process with monthly meetings with peers and/or expert mentors. 

Beginning with the 2014-2015 cycle, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) revised the certification process in order to reduce barriers for applicants.  These changes are intended to improve NBC and allow more teachers to pursue certification while maintaining the highest standards of the profession.  The National Board will provide options for educators. While teachers can complete the entire certification process in one year, some may choose to do so over several years if that works better with other demands on a teacher’s time.

Upcoming Session

NBC Renew

NBC Renewal

WVCPD's National Board Renewal Session provides indepth knowledge and understanding of the renewal process. Led by former vice chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Dr. Rebecca Palacios, the one-day session is designed to help NBCTs better understand the expectations and approaches that lead to successful renewal.

October 26, 2017
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location Change
Holiday Inn,  South Charleston, WV
(Registration deadline: October 17)

Program Timeline

July 2017 – all participants will be working on Components 2 & 3 during the support program

  • NBC certification candidates attend three days of professional development – awareness and support program (lodging, meals, materials and instruction are provided)
  • Candidates study the NBPTS standards for their teaching discipline
  • Candidates receive instruction to begin outlining and planning work for Components 2 and 3
  • Candidates are introduced to other programs that provide coordinated on-going support
  • Candidates are paired with a regional support cohort or mentor

Fall 2017/Spring 2018

  • Candidates are paired with a regional support cohort or mentor
  • Candidates collect samples of student work, reflect on that work, and write commentary about the work
  • Candidates begin planning and preparation for video recordings for the classroom-based portfolio portion
  • Candidates continue professional learning regional support cohort or mentor by meeting monthly and commutating electronically
  • Candidates complete and submit Components 2 and 3

NBC Component Release Timeline

2014 - 2015 Cycle 2015- 2016 Cycle 2016 - 2017 Cycle
Content Knowledge Content Knowledge Content Knowledge
Differentiation in Instruction Differentiation in Instruction Differentiation in Instruction
  Teaching Practice and Learning Environment Teaching Practice and Learning Environment
    Effective and Reflective Practitioners


Date Location Session Audience
July 26 Four Points Sheraton, Charleston NBC Awarness NBC Candidates
July 26-27 Four Points Sheraton, Charleston NBC Support Program Mentors/Supporters

NBC Awareness

This session is a prerequisite for the NBC Support Program. Participants must have taken this session during summer 2015, or they must take it this summer in order to take NBC Support.

The one-day NBC Awareness Session will give participants the information needed to make an informed decision about whether National Board Certification is for them.  The session introduces participants to the components of certification, timelines involved, and financial requirements.  Attending this session is a requirement before participating in the 2017-2018 NBC Support Program.  Teachers may choose to attend only the awareness session to decide if National Board Certification is in their future, or they may choose to attend the awareness session then stay for the 2017-2018 National Board Support Program to begin the certification journey.

NBC Support Program

All candidates participating in the 2017-2018 NBC Support Program will be working on and receiving support for Components 2 and 3.

  • Component 1: Content Knowledge Assessment – computer-based assessment 
  • Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction - samples of student work and an accompanying written commentary 
  • Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning - classroom-based portfolio entry that requires video recording(s) of interactions between you and your students. A written commentary in which you describe, analyze and reflect on your teaching and interactions will also be submitted. 
  • Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioners - evidence of your impact across your professional responsibilities as an educator including your students, peers, and community. 

Click here for registration information (select Teacher Leadership at the top of the page).

Steps to Becoming Board Certified

Guide to National Board Certification

NBPTS Certificates Available and Standards for Each Certification




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