National Board Certification Resources
National Board Certification Revised
What is new about the assessment? The certification assessment continues to evaluate teaching practice in a psychometrically rigorous manner while more closely examining the agile transitions that teachers make between action and reflection. These are the moments that lend accomplished teaching its structure and form. Focusing on them illuminates teacher performance, yielding a finer appreciation of pedagogical choices to cast a brighter light on student learning.
Component 1: Content Knowledge now includes selected-response questions, with fewer prompts for constructed response. The shift extends the depth and breadth of content coverage, increasing validity and reliability while supporting operational efficiency. With NBCTs continuing to review and approve all items, the enhancements provided a strong basis for reimagining other components.
Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction largely remains the same as the previous portfolio entry, directing attention to student growth as demonstrated through individual work. Component requirements were clarified to stress the analysis of strengths and needs for the purpose of designing instruction that will enable all students to learn.
Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment underwent notable changes. Two video-based portfolio entries, similar in design, were consolidated to form one streamlined unit. Concise videos and succinct commentary require careful attention to details. By targeting significant aspects of teaching practice in different contexts, the updated component asks teachers to concentrate on the impact of their instructional methods. Performance descriptions embedded within the holistic scoring rubric draw attention to directly observable features of teaching practice.
Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner replaces the previous portfolio entry, Documented Accomplishments. The new component centers on the use of assessment data and other forms of information to advance student and teacher growth. It evaluates classroom instruction, professional learning, and stakeholder collaboration, examining the role that assessment and data literacy play in student learning. With the addition of Component 4, the certification process provides a comprehensive measure of accomplished teaching that reflects current trends in educational research while examining the full range of instructional and assessment practices envisioned by National Board Standards.
ATLAS. Accomplished Teaching, Learning, and Schools
To build a stronger profession, we must provide new and aspiring teachers with a clear picture of what accomplished teaching looks like and an understanding of how accomplished teachers think.
The National Board aims to support teacher preparation by offering ATLAS® (Accomplished Teaching, Learning and Schools). ATLAS is a unique, searchable online library of authentic videos showing National Board Certified Teachers at work in the classroom. Each video is accompanied by the teacher’s written reflection about the instruction or the activity shown. Aligned to professional teaching standards and indexed by teachers, ATLAS serves as a window into what accomplished teaching looks like.
National Board Five Core Propositions and the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF)
National Board Certified Teachers
There are 637 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in Nevada. The number of teachers and counselors pursuing National Board certification in Nevada grows impressively, with 790 teachers seeking to join the ranks of Nevada NBCTs by earning the highest education certification within the profession. With implementation of Clark County School District Professional Growth Plan (PGP), financial support through the Great Teaching and Learning Fund (GTLF) Grant awarded to Nevada State Education Association, Northwestern Regional Professional Development Program, and Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute; more than 800 National Board candidates in Nevada are participating in pursuit of National Board Certification.
National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) serve as professional learning facilitators and support these candidates in their journey to certification. The work of the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Network engaging in collaborative leadership, shared responsibility, and servant leadership ensures that all teachers are served and supported in their professional learning endeavors and their commitment to accomplished teaching.
Nevada NT3 celebrates the opportunity to serve and support all educators across the teaching career continuum in their professional learning, embedding the National Board Accomplished Teaching BoK (Body of Knowledge: Five Core Propositions, Architecture of Accomplished Teaching, and the National Board Standards) along the diverse intersections of the continuum, scaling to Board-Certification.
Nevada NT3 (Network to Transform Teaching)
Through our Network to Transform Teaching (NT3), state and district stakeholders are working together to find innovative and effective ways to make accomplished teaching the norm, especially in high-need schools. Through this collaborative model, each participating site aims to develop and strengthen systems that will:
- Support new teachers to develop into accomplished practitioners;
- Integrate pursuit of board certification into teachers’ work; and
- Leverage the instructional expertise of accomplished teachers to lead professional learning of in-service colleague
As best practices emerge from this effort, they will be shared broadly with the field to build demand for Board certification, accomplished teaching, and improved student learning. NT3 Partners include: