Academics

World Class Teacher Academy for National Board Certification

WCTA Participants attend LiftED Conference        

The LiftED Conference was held March 4th at the Jackson Convention Center. The conference focused on discussing the most current and effective literacy strategies as well as sharing the extensive work that is occurring across the state. The conference was open to all educators, pre-service teachers, community literacy advocates. Breakout sessions were offered by the Mississippi Department of Education, the Barksdale Reading Institute, Tallahatchie Early Learning Alliance, all six World Class Teaching Programs, and more! The event is slated to be an annual event for Mississippi educators.                            


NBCT Candidate News        
The Transforming Literacy through Certification  (TLC) initiative for the 2016-17 school year engages participants from Jefferson County and Claiborne County who are working with National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) to develop skills using research-based strategies and National Board standards to promote needed growth for K-3 students. As part of a professional learning community (PLC) the goal is to focus on teacher resources and skills that will enhance classroom instruction and better prepare students for passing the state's Third Grade Reading Gate. The teachers meet a few hours each month for professional development, reflection and peer sharing at their respective schools. The opportunity is made possible through a collaboration between the Kellogg Foundation, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the Mississippi Department of Education and Alcorn's World Class Teacher Academy. We're BRAVE and working to make a difference!      

The 2017-18 program year is now accepting applicants who aspire to become National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) or who want to get quality professional development like no other. Sign up for the WCTA's candidate support program today to begin your journey toward the most prestigious certification for school teachers, counselors and library media specialists. Let us help you through the process! Please note, there is no fee for candidate support provided by the WCTA. (The fees you are responsible are to be paid to NBPTS to cover application and component registration). To apply to the WCTA, click the "sign up" link above or the "apply to" link in the column to the right of this page.      

The WCTA publishes a newsletter titled BOARDbrief to keep educators abreast of WCTA and NBPTS news, views and activities. Please email ggettis@alcorn.edu if you would like to receive a copy, or if you want to contribute articles, tips, or comments or have questions relating to education and accomplished teaching. 
 
Calling National Board Certified Teachers in all content areas. Please contact the WCTA coordinator, Gail Gettis, to find out how to serve as an NBCT consultant with the WCTA and support fellow teachers who choose to embark upon this rewarding journey!          
 

Across the summer, the WCTA traditionally hosts four Summer Standards Workshops for teachers interested in learning more about the board certification process and how to use the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) to strengthen their practice. Please check this site for other opportunities to learn about the National Board Certification process.

Teachers, counselors and library media specialists interested in seeking National Board Certification may also attend monthly support sessions with a veteran NBCT serving as a mentor. These sessions are designed to help prepare candidates for understanding instructions, requirements and best strategies for completing the portfolio based components.   

ASU World Class Teacher Academy represented at 2017 NBCT Day on the Hill.   

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What is National Board Certification (NBC)?
Recognized as the Gold Standard, NBC provides affirmation that a teacher possesses the commitment to the profession by furthering the skills and knowledge of accomplished teaching as defined and recognized by national standards. This knowledge is demonstrated by the teachers’ performance on a two-part assessment: An online assessment of content knowledge and three portfolio entries. There are four components that make up the entire certification assessment, all of which are based on high standards developed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The four components, which may be taken in any order, singularly or in combination, are listed below:

  • Component 1 : Content Knowledge

  • Component 2 : Differentiation in Instruction

  • Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment (available in 2015)

  • Component 4 : Effective and Reflective Practitioner (available in 2016)

The standards-based assessment requires candidates to create a classroom-based portfolio (Components 2,3,4) and to complete an online assessment of content knowledge (Component 1). The portfolio entries are to be based on the five core propositions and NBPTS standards. The core propositions are:

  • Proposition 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning.

  • Proposition 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.

  • Proposition 3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.

  • Proposition 4: Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.

  • Proposition 5: Teachers are members of learning communities.

For more information about the standards and core propositions, click here: http://www.nbpts.org/national-board-standards .

The user-friendly website for first-time or advanced candidates can be found at http://www.boardcertifiedteachers.org/for-candidates .

 

Be BRAVE. Be the BEST. Become BOARD CERTIFIED. 

 

 

Costs for National Board Certification

 

The complete process for National Board Certification involves submitting three portfolio components and taking one online assessment on content knowledge. The current fee for each component is $475.00 that must be paid by the end of January of the application year (2016-2017) to the NBPTS national office. Once you are in the NBCT database you will receive notices of major activity and timelines to consider. On your application, be sure to provide the email address you check most regularly or create an account specifically for your NBPTS/WCTA messages.

While the fee for receiving support through the WCTA is free, NBCT applicants are required to pay a $75.00 non-refundable application fee to NBPTS for each registration period in which you sign up. The application fee covers all of the components you sign up to submit within that application window. The state of Mississippi reimburses the four component fees (but not the application fees). With new legislation, once a candidate completes and receives scores for a component, the district will begin the reimbursement process. In essence, a candidate may use the same $475 component fee and recycle it until all components have been submitted (one exception is that you must take a minimum of two components in one year to complete the process in the required three years). It's a win-win situation! Candidates are also often able to apply for scholarships provided by NBPTS, so it is incumbent upon candidates to take advantage of opportunities as soon as they are presented in order to be eligible for available and limited awards.  

All of the components must be attempted within a three-year window. Components may be retaken within a five-year window of your first application. So, a candidate has five years to successfully complete the process, including retakes. However, beginning in 2017, candidates may attempt to take all components in one year or opt to spread them out over three years (and have retake options for two years out).

Remember that all fees and submissions will be made through the NBPTS office. The WCTA support is free to participants and provides support in approved collaboration with the state and NBPTS, but does not serve as an official representative for the organization. To ensure you receive the most current and accurate information, you may call the national information line at 1-800-22TEACH or go online to http://www.boardcertifiedteachers.org/, or contact the WCTA program coordinator.

We look forward to working with you to provide assistance throughout the certification process! We welcome NBCT hopefuls, any teachers who want effective professional development for professional growth, and pre-service teachers who want to learn more about their profession and how to jump start a successful teaching career. Ultimately, its all about student success and we all understand the important role that teachers play.

Be BRAVE. Be the BEST. Become BOARD-CERTIFIED. 

Special Events/Activities

Join us for the remaining Candidate Support Sessions: 

December 10
Vicksburg
9 am - 12 pm

December 17
Natchez
9 am - 12 pm 

January 21 
Vicksburg
9 am - 12 pm

January 14
Natchez
9 am - 12 pm 

February 11
Natchez
9 am - 12 pm

February 18    
Vicksburg
9 am - 12 pm 

March 11
Natchez
9 am - 12 pm

March 18
Vicksburg
9 am - 12 pm 

April 8
Vicksburg
9 am - 12 pm

April 8
Natchez
9 am - 12 pm 

May 6    
Vicksburg
9 am - 12 pm

May 6
Natchez
9 am - 12 pm  

By spring semester's end, look for information regarding the 2017 Summer Standards Workshops or contact the program coordinator at ggettis@alcorn.edu.

 



Additional Resources

Contact Information:

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Ms. Gail Gettis
WCTA Program Coordinator
Department of Education and Psychology
Walter Washington Administration Building 
Suite 423
Telephone: (601) 877- 2417
Facsimile: (601) 877-6319 or 6211
ggettis@alcorn.edu 

WCTA Website: www.alcorn.edu/wcta