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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. In partnership, STC and Erie Catt Teacher Center will be hosting candidate support for area teachers:  https://www.e2ccb.org/programs.cfm?subpage=1991680

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, and are currently being accepted through February 28, 2021 or until all funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

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.

Erie Catt TC/Southtown Teachers' Center
National Board Candidate Support

Next Meetings:

Comfort Zone Cafe (Backroom) 17 Main St. in the Village of Hamburg
November 14, 2020 9am-Noon
December 5, 2020 9am-Noon

Please note, the room is free to use, but they do ask the courtesy of purchasing an item from the cafe. They have great food and beverage offerings

For information or to let her know you would like to join the group
contact mdates@hcsdk12.org  Please put NBC Support in your subject line. 

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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.

Is it too late to begin this year?
No-- Contact : Mary Ann Dates, NBCT, Candidate Support Provider, mdates@hcsdk12.org 

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.  In addition, the Southtown Teachers' Center has made a commitment to support teachers as they go through the process of obtaining National Board Certification. The Lake Effect Candidate Support Group meets to help candidates through the process by providing continuous support for candidates pursuing National Board Certification across WNY through our candidate support group and one-on-one mentorship. Candidates meet throughout the process for peer review and retreats.

The NYS Albert Shanker Grant was established to support candidate fees.Funding information and applications: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/researchers/albertshanker.html.


A Guide to National Board Certification, www.boardcertifiedteachers.org

National Board Council of New York, http://nbcny.org/

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

Information for New and Returning Candidates

Download the new scoring guide



www.nbcny.org (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