National Board Certification Seminars

NBC Candidate Boost Days

These workdays are for candidates who plan to submit one or more components in 2019-2020

Candidates, plan to attend these candidate support events. Each Boost Day is held in both St. Louis and Kansas City. For all National Board Certification first time candidates, advanced candidates, and renewal candidates submitting entries in the 2019-2020 school year. Current NBCTs are invited to register, to mentor candidates.

Bring your component work and questions for this work day. Please bring your standards, portfolio instructions and laptop computer with you. If you are working on Component 3, you can bring the video you are considering for submission. We will also discuss preparing for Component 1.

Free and open to all educators, but registration is required.

  • Online Meeting (Register Now)
    Sat., April 4  (9 a.m. -10 a.m., then again at 2 p.m.)
    Missouri teachers can upload the entry for one component for feedback. Upload by March 28, get your feedback on April 4.

    This is free and open to both members and non-members.


    Get your questions answered, discuss COVID-19 adjustments, and reserve most of the day for personal component work and feedback on one component. As you register, ask questions you want addressed during the online session. NBC candidates can get feedback on one component, details in the registration questions. At 9 a.m., we will address all questions, and any new ones that come up. Most of the day will be for you to work independently, or collaborate with others. We will gather again at 2 p.m. for any last questions.

  • Kansas City (Register now) Canceled
    Sat., April 4, 2020, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    NWMSU - Kansas City
    6889 N. Oak Trafficway, Suite 400, Gladstone, MO 64118
    Registration deadline: April 1
  • St. Louis (Register now) Canceled
    Sat., April 4, 2020,    9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Kirkwood High School - Science Building 
    801 W. Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122
    Registration deadline: April 1
Fee: Free for members and non-members
Lunch is not provided. Bring your own lunch and beverages. A short break will be provided midday if you want to leave for lunch.

Exploring National Board Certification (online)

For educators who want information about the National Board Certification process and benefits. Experience thinking like a candidate and evaluate if the timing is right for you to begin the process in the 2020-2021 school year. The same content is offered in each session.

Free, online and open to all educators.

Mon., April 20, 7–8:15 p.m. Open to the public - 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 2020-2021 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.

First time Jump Start participants must attend Foundations 1. Returning participants can choose which days to attend. For candidates on the west side of Missouri, Foundations 1 is offered in June. Attending Foundations 1 early allows you to drive in on Monday morning and have one less hotel or VRBO night.

Some districts use Title II, Professional Development Committee, or other district funds to pay for NB Jump Start registration and lodging. If you need more information to submit a request for funding, please contact

Questions? Contact Ann Jarrett ( or Laurie Bernskoetter at (573) 644-9623 or

COVID-19 Note: If you are considering beginning or continuing your National Board journey in 2020-2021 school year, please continue to plan to attend the July 20-22, 2020 National Board Jump Start.  As we see events play out, in mid-May we will re-evaluate and post an update on this page. 

2020 Dates

  • Foundations 1 - Springfield, Tues., June 2, 5-8 p.m. (5 registrations minimum) 
  • Foundations 1 - Kansas City, Thurs., June 4, 5-8 p.m. (5 registrations minimum)

Choose which of the below days you want to attend or attend the 3-day program for $135 (MNEA members) or $480 (non-members). Registration includes lunch.

  • Foundations 1 and Component 2 - St. Charles, Mon., July 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Components 3 and 4 - St. Charles, Tues., July 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Foundations in Practice and Component 1 - St. Charles, Wed., July 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Register Now >>

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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