Sponsored by the Southtown Teachers' Center-Taking NBC by Storm! 

Thinking about pursuing National Board Certification? 
Some of the biggest benefits of becoming an NBCT include its ability to strengthen your teaching skills, improve student learning, provide you with the tools to become a teacher leader and advance your career both professionally and financially. --A teacher in NYS holding a valid NBC is deemed to have satisfied the requirement to complete 100 hours of professional development during the five-year professional development period within which NBC was attained (providing they still meet the ENL/ELL requirement.) --Thanks to the efforts of local leaders in negotiating collective bargaining agreements there are an increasing number of districts in NYS providing support and financial incentives. --The NYS Education Department, through the Albert Shanker Grant, makes funding available to support eligible NYS public school teachers seeking their first National Board Certification.

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

Writing Support Sessions: (9:00am-2:00pm)

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Saturday, December 7th, 2019 Time change to 8am-Noon

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 29, 2020 Far West Writing Retreat
Hosted at the Ken-Ton Staff Development Center 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Saturday, April 4, 2020

April 29 or 30 (TBA)  NYSUT Writing Retreat 
Hosted at NYSUT Regional Offices

Saturday, May 9, 2020

All of the above sessions unless noted otherwise will be held at:
Erie-Catt Teacher Center,Grover L. Priess Primary School
Room 48
3000 Schoolview Rd,Eden, NY 14057

For information contact mdates@hcsdk12.org  Please put NBC 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