Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute


National Board Informational Meetings

Informational meetings provide an introduction to the process of National Board certification. The meetings are designed for educators who are considering pursuing National Board certification and want to learn more about the certification process. The informational meetings are free of charge for educators to attend.  (Additional information provided via email inquiry at

Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) National Board Jump Start Academy

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students, and schools. It was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

NSEA Jump Start Academy is designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, the opportunity to examine National Board Component and Assessment Center requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification within the frame of  a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment.

National Board candidates are encouraged to explore the following resources in preparation for engagement in the Jump Start Academy and pursuit of National Board Certification.

  • Guide to National Board Certification

Produced by NBPTS, the guide covers the assessment process, fields of certification, scholarships and rewards, how to apply, and who to contact for more information.

Download Guide to National Board Certification (PDF)

  • Choosing the Right Certificate

Download Choosing the Right Certificate (PDF)

  • National Board General Portfolio Instructions

Download Choosing the Right Certificate (PDF)  (Securing operable link)

National Board Certification Candidate Service and Support

National Board candidate support is provided to educators pursuing National Board Certification.  National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), and National Board Candidates-in-Waiting (National Board candidates awaiting final score reports) serve to lead, facilitate, and guide educators through the certification process. The support structure for National Board candidates assists educators with the following:

  • Understand the National Board Standards for highly accomplished teaching.
  • Prepare components connecting their teaching and student achievement.
  • Reflect thoughtfully on the effectiveness of their practice.

National Board candidate support will be provided through partnership between Nevada Education Association (NSEA) and the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute.  Please contact Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton at tonia.holmessutton@nationalboardinstitute or info@nationalboardinstitute for additional detailed information.


To learn more about becoming a candidate for National Board certification, please visit the National Board candidate website at