Thinking about pursuing National Board Certification?

Have you been considering National Board Certification?

National Board Certified Teachers say that their peers provide the most meaningful advice, support, and encouragement through the National Board Certification process. Erie Catt Teacher Center will be hosting candidate support for area teachers:

New York State grant funding is available through the Albert Shanker Grant from NYSED so teachers don’t have to worry about the cost of National Board Certification. The Shanker Grant pays for the entire process, minus the yearly registration fees. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Many teachers say pursuing National Board Certification was the best professional development they've had because it is reflective on their own teaching and students.

If you're ready to start, we are here to support you through this journey.

What do I have to do?
National Board Certification is composed of four components in selected certification areas. All components must be attempted within a three year period. To make the process more flexible and manageable, National Board revised the process in 2014/2015.   The certification process includes four components:

1. Content Knowledge--a computer based assessment which includes 3 constructed response exercises and 45 multiple choice questions.

2. Differentiation in Instruction--classroom based portfolio with student work samples showing growth over time.

3. Teaching Practice and Learning Environment--classroom based portfolio with video(s) of teacher/student interactions demonstrating engagement.

4. Effective and Reflective Practitioner--portfolio of impact on students, peers, and community.

For more information please contact Erie Catt Teachers Center.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards maintains a website that provides useful information for New York State teachers who are considering or are in the process of pursuing National Board Certification. 

The NYS Albert Shanker Grant was established to support candidate fees.Funding information and applications:


A Guide to National Board Certification,

National Board Council of New York,

1-800-22-TEACH  (NBPTS question & answer hotline)

Information for New and Returning Candidates

Download the new scoring guide (New York’s National Board website)

Congratulations to our latest NBC Teachers! 

Melissa Berry
Early Childhood Generalist
Silver Creek Elementary
Silver Creek CSD
Robyn Brydalski
Middle Generalist
Franklin Elementary
Kenmore Town of Tonawanda
Kim Zybczynski
Early Adolescent Science
West Seneca Middle School
West Seneca 

STC Supported
NBC Teachers 

STC Consortium Achieving Teachers

Amber Chandler
Heather Hebeler

Jeanette Benson
Mary Ann Dates
Nicole Lesinski
Tracy Tone
Janelle Kopsa
David Mancuso
Sherry Green
JoAnn Thomasson

Regional Achieving Teachers

Ken Huff

Amy Steger

Susan Kellner

Rebecca Roudebush

Laura Widman

Amy Klose
Penny DiPasquale

Stephanie Jordan

Shannon Matson

West Seneca: 
Lori Mancuso
Jessica Hunger

Todd Mitchell