Monday, April 14, 2008

Podcast #138 - Questions About National Board Certification

Hello. This podcast is a little different - more of a request for information. I am currently considering starting the process to become a Nationally Board Certified teacher. In the past there was no incentive in my district to become certified but starting next year they will offer a $4000 stipend to each certified teacher. I am currently in the very early stages of checking out the process. I'm aware it is a process that costs roughly $2500, I should expect to spend somewhere around 400 hours on the process and it is very reflective.

Are you a National Board Certified teacher? What advice would you have for a teacher such as myself that is just starting to look at the process?

If you would like to offer advice or share your experiences please leave a comment on the post for all to read and share or send me an e-mail directly at Thanks.


  1. Anonymous7:04 AM

    You should do it! I received my national board certification two years ago. This was, by far, the most powerful professional development I have ever completed. Every part of the process helped me become a better teacher. As long as you are able to process long instruction, you will be able to tackle this arduous process. Seek support from other NBCT and candidates. Best of luck if you choose to pursue it!

  2. Ah, April 15th and my National Board retake box goes in the mail today. Nice timing on the question!

    This is my second year through the process. I missed it last year by 12 points. Our state only has 60 Nationally Board Certified teachers. I am encouraging more to do it as I have found this to be one of the best professional development experiences I have ever participated in. Because so much of the portfolio is about reflection, I really got to take a look at MY teaching. I have changed a few things and realized I do a few things really well already.

    Keep in mind that this can - and often is - be a three year process. (I am hoping for two in my case!) Yes, it is a lot of work, but if you want to do it, I suggest you start by downloading all the material and start reading. Post the five core propositions and start living and breathing them. Take the summer to read everything, start writing Entry Four - your documented accomplishments - and plan a course of attack for the other entries. The other best advice I can give you is do it with a friend so that you can encourage each other to stay on track through the process. Find a mentor. Ask questions. Enjoy the learning.

    If I can be of assistance, feel free to email me at