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         ABSS is proud to have 184 National Board Certified Teachers. National Board Certification, offered by the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), is a way to recognize the accomplished teaching that is occurring in North Carolina's classrooms. The certification process is based on high and rigorous a standards that evaluate teaching practice through performance-based assessments. To learn more, please visit ncpublicschools.org/nationalboardcertification or download the Guide to National Board Certification.

         Teachers who have participated in National Board Certification have overwhelmingly stated it is the most powerful professional development experience of their careers. They say the experience changes them as professionals and that through the process they deepen their content knowledge and develop, master, and reflect on new approaches to working with their students.


    Procedures and Requirements to Apply for National Board Certification

    This information and the sites referenced below are updated periodically as more information about the National Board certification process becomes available. To learn more information, follow the steps below:

    1. Review all information on the National Board website.
    2. Review the Guide to National Board Certification.
    3. Review the Component 1 At-a-Glance and Component 2 At-a-Glance documents in the Candidate Info section.
    4. Meet all National Board Eligibility Requirements at the time of application, including the completion of at least three years of teaching, school counseling, or working in the media center.
    5. Review the NC eligibility for NBPTS Pay Differential.
    6. Review the NC eligibility criteria for state loan funding.
    7. Apply directly to National Board at using the National Board Certification Online Application. This includes paying the $75 annual processing charge. *Note: You must check “yes” to releasing information to a third party on the NB application. The third parties are the State (for loan funding), WCS (for renewal credits and salary increase) and NCCAT.
    8. If you are applying for state funding, complete the  North Carolina National Board state loan funding application on or before the deadline (December 31). If you are eligible for State loan funding, do not pay anything except the $75 processing charge to National Board—you will not be reimbursed. Please note that loan funding is limited.
    9. Complete and send to Dean Richardson in Human Resources the ABSS National Board Candidate Information form. This form is needed so you can receive information regarding support sessions.
    10. Note: You may complete components in any order but you should only order components you are ready to complete. You may take up to 3 years to complete all of the certification requirements. Once you order a component, you must complete it by the submission deadline.


     For further information or assistance with National Board Certification, please contact:

    Dean Richardson, Director of Teacher Recruitment & Induction



  • National Board Certification Professional Development






    Support Sessions sponsored by NCAE

    NBCT Network Boot Camp

    • January 30—February 1, 2020 at NCAE, Raleigh
    • Access to support coaches for one-on-one setting
    • Group sessions on standards, components, reflective writing, and student work analysis
    • Registration fee includes double occupancy hotel and most meals
    • REGISTER by January 15! Space is limited!

    Spring Session 1

    • Unpacking Component 1 and Submitting with the ePortfolio system sessions offered
    • Trained NBCT Coaches available for reading
    • NCAE Members: $20 Non-Members: $50
    • 9am—3pm session, lunch and materials included
      • Region 1 - March 21 - Newton, Jacob’s Fork Middle School
      • Region 2 – March 28 - Mt. Airy, Franklin Elementary
      • Region 3 – March 21 – Charlotte, Steele Creek Elementary
      • Wake County – March 14, Pine Hollow Middle School
      • Region 4 & 5 – March 21 - Greensboro, Page High School
      • Region 6 – March 3 & 5; 6 - 8pm, Robeson Community College
      • Region 7A & 7B – March 21 - TBD

    Spring Session 2

    • Guided reading session
    • Look for evidence of standards in each question
    • NCAE Members: $20 NonMembers: $50
    • 9am—3pm session, lunch and materials included
      • Region 1 - May 2 - Newton, Jacob’s Fork Middle Schoo
      • Region 2 - April 25 - Mt. Airy, Franklin Elementary
      • Region 3 - April 25 – Charlotte, Steele Creek Elementary School
      • Wake County, Regions 4 & 5 - April 25, Pine Hollow Middle School
      • Region 7 - April 25, TBD


    Support Sessions sponsored by PENC

    Free workshops for all educators. Materials may be purchased before or after the workshop: $15 for PENC members $25 for non-members. Registration required to register: Visit: pencweb.org/workshops/

    Initial certification candidates will learn how to integrate portfolio instructions with scoring criteria, learn valuable organization techniques and how to present effective video lessons. Our experienced coaches will share valuable tips for successful writing & test-taking and offer insight into other essential areas to maximize point potential. *** All sessions for initial candidates are 9am - 1pm

    Renewal candidates will review requirements of the Profile of Professional Growth as well as generate individualized outlines of varied and multi-faceted Professional Growth Experiences needed to demonstrate continued professional growth and development since initial certification.  *** All sessions for renewal candidates are 1:30-4:30pm

    • Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020: Envisions Science Academy, 590 Traditions Grande Blvd., Wake Forest, NC 27587
    • Saturday, March 14, 2020: Eastern Wayne High School, 1135 New Hope Rd., Goldsboro, NC 27534
    • Saturday, April 4, 2020: Greensboro College School of Education, Proctor Hall East, 815 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27401

    For more information, contact our workshop facilitators: Glennda McKeithan, PhD, NBCT (gkmckeit@ncsu.edu) & David Conroy, MAT, NBCT (daveconroy@wps.org)