National Board Revises Renewal Policy

The National Board has revised its policy from renewal to maintenance of certification (MOC). This will require Board-certified teachers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills every five years in order to keep their certificate current. While MOC development will happen in the coming years, we are working to keep the price and process for candidates similar to completion of a single certification component.

This change will take effect for candidates who certify in 2017 and later. As such, the first cycle of MOC will be 2020-2021. See the table below to see how this transition will affect how you extend your certificate.

Revised Renewal Policy Table












Why now?  From policy to practice, the education field has seen tremendous change in the more than 20 years since the first group of teachers achieved Board certification. The dynamics within classrooms and schools change even more rapidly.

These realities have made it increasingly important to signal to both the public and policymakers that the profession is monitoring the knowledge and skills of its members. Indeed, true to the spirit of the profession setting its own path, this move was led by Board-certified teachers and adopted by the NBCTs and others who govern National Board policy. We must ensure that teachers continue to define the standards and expectations that they will be measured by.

A five-year certificate aligns with 40 state licensure systems that have moved to a five-year renewal period. With this change, the National Board will be actively seeking to move states and districts to accept National Board maintenance of certification in lieu of renewal of state licensure. This would serve to further elevate the profession.

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Would You Encourage Kids to Go Into the Teaching Profession?

Hmmm…so sad…

View the video of well-respected Nancie Atwell, winner of the first “Global Teaching Award,”  share why she won’t advise kids to go into teaching in the video below:

(You can also access it here:

Here’s a snippet of some of her statements from the Huffington Post:

“Honestly, right now, I encourage them to look in the private sector,” she said during an appearance on “New Day.” “Public school teachers are so constrained right now by the Common Core Standards and the tests that are developed to monitor what teachers are doing with them. It’s a movement that’s turned teachers into technicians, not reflective practitioners.”

“If you’re a creative, smart young person,” she continued, “I don’t think this is the time to go into teaching.”

Depressing words — especially coming from someone who has been in the field for 42 years and who has inspired so many of us with her passion and dedication to the teaching profession.  This is one of our looming issues in education and another reason we at the National University National Board Leadership Center believe to stay the course as we shape opportunities to  participate in “NB distinction pathways”– provide motivation and incentives to ENCOURAGE the BEST of the BEST to become distinguished and INSPIRED teacher leaders.

How about you?  Would you encourage your kids to join the teaching profession?  Share a comment below and participate in our latest poll in the right sidebar of this page.

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Digital Learning Day Highlighted at the Teaching and Learning Conference

One component of the Teaching and Learning Conference was that Digital Learning Day  was part of the day. Put on by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day, according to the Alliance is, “any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career.”

As part of the focus on Digital Learning, a panel presented at the Teaching and Learning conference, presenting ways that school districts all over the country are implementing technology successfully, toward improving student learning. For example, my superintendent, Dr. Devin Vodicka, EdD, presented on the transformative importance of student-centered learning.

According to their website, “Digital learning encompasses many different facets, tools, and applications to support and empower teachers and students, including online courses, blended or hybrid learning, or digital content and resources. Additionally, digital learning can be used for professional learning opportunities for teachers and to provide personalized learning experiences for students.” On Digital Learning Day, which was held on March 13th during the Teaching and Learning Conference, school districts all over the country took on the challenge of using technology toward engaging students and improving their learning. Even though I had a sub for the day, so that I could attend the conference, my 185 eighth grade middle school U.S. History students were not left out! Using their 1:1 devices, my students were challenged to use a website to compare and contrast different aspects of history.

According to their website, “With so many new types of digital devices, educational software and mobile apps continuously developed, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in educational technology. In some classrooms and out-of-school programs across the country, educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology. Yet, these pockets of innovation are confined to a small number of schools and communities. Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.”

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–Submitted by NU NB Leadership Center Program Ambassador Joanna Murray

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USDE Accepting Applications for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Grant Program through April 1

Attention Accomplished Teachers–please read the information below from the US Department of Education, and be sure to scroll to the bottom for information on a webinar about the program that takes place on Saturday, March 7:

The SA Program supports short-term study and travel abroad for U.S. educators for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. The program is open to U.S. educators and administrators at the K-12 level.  For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 competition, we are offering a seminar to China, administered through a contractual agreement with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR).

Who May Apply: (by category) Individuals (as described below)
Those eligible to apply to the four- to six-week seminars must fall under the categories listed below, but note that the only Seminar being offered in 2015 is at the K-12 level:

  • Elementary school teachers in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
  • Middle or high school educators in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
  • Administrators or curriculum specialists who have responsibility for curriculum in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages (at the K-12 level only for FY 2015);
  • Librarians, museum educators or media or resource specialists who have responsibility for curriculum in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages at the (K-12 level only for FY 2015); and
  • Faculty or administrators from public or private, two- or four-year institutions of higher education whose discipline is related to social sciences, humanities, languages, and/or area studies (Not Eligible to Apply in FY 2015).

To apply: visit and submit an application by April 1, 2015.  For additional program information, please visit:
If you are interested in learning more about the SA program, we invite you to join us for a webinar this Saturday, March 7, 12:00pm EST.
To register go to:
Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions in order to join the webinar on March 7th.
For audio, you must call in to the conference call line below. (PLEASE NOTE: Audio will not be provided if you just log onto the webinar using the information above).

  1. Dial the Access Phone Number: 888-989-4712.
  2. When prompted, dial the access code: 6256310.

If you have questions once the webinar begins please contact
For additional information on how to apply to the program, please go to:

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National Board Payment Deadline Extended

If you are an active candidate for this year’s National Board cycle, you should recently have received the message below regarding the extension of the payment deadline, which is now March 8, 2015.  It is important to note that this is also the withdrawal deadline!

In case you missed it, here is the message sent out by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards:

Dear Candidate,
We’re writing with exciting news. If you did not submit payment in full by the February 28th deadline, you still have time – the payment deadline has been extended to March 8, 2015.
To make a payment, log in to your National Board account, select “Purchase Component”, and proceed to Step 4: Payment.
Note: If you do not submit payment in full by March 8, 2015, you will no longer be considered a candidate for National Board Certification and will not be permitted to test or submit materials for scoring.
Warm regards,
National Board Customer Support

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