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. Registration and exact locations available two months before event. 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.

  • Kansas City (Register now)
    Sat., Nov. 9, 2019 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  
    NWMSU - Kansas City, 6889 N. Oak Trafficway, Suite 400, Gladstone, MO 64118
    Registration deadline: Nov. 4
  • St. Louis (Register now)
    Sat., Nov. 9, 2019 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  
    Pattonvile High School 2497 Creve Coeur Mill Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
    Registration deadline: Nov. 4

  • Location to be determined
    Sat., Feb. 22, 2020 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Location to be determined
    Sat., April 4, 2020 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
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.

NBCT Network Professional Learning Facilitator Training

Sat., Jan. 25, 2020 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
MNEA Headquarters
1810 E. Elm St.
Jefferson City, MO

MNEA members only.

This training is for current National Board Certified teachers interested in supporting National Board candidates.

Details and registration coming late fall 2019.

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.

Tues., Jan. 21, 7-8:15 p.m.
Open to the public - Register Now >>
Mon., Feb. 24, 7–8:15 p.m. Open to the public - Register Now >>
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

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.

Registration available December 2019.

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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Read to Achieve Contest 

If your school is within the KCTV5 viewing area (greater Kansas City), teachers at your school are eligible for a chance to win $1,000. The Read to Achieve contest is co-sponsored by Missouri NEA and Kansas NEA.

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