National Board Certification

These opportunities are intended to give educators an understanding of the 5 Core Propositions that were developed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Educators who would like to learn a little bit more about what National Board is about or start to get ready for applying for a National Board Certification would benefit from these opportunities. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) reimburses teachers for their initial NBCT costs as well as their renewal expenses.

Current Opportunities:

NBCT Jump Start Seminar Series:

OEA's National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive, multi-day seminar designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification. All this happens in a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment led by Oregon and Washington National Board Certified Teachers. This summer, Jump Start will take place fully online!

OEA Jump Start Seminar Cost:
There are six seminar modules that complete the full suite of the Jump Start Seminar series. OEA highly recommends that you complete the entire full suite in the series. (TSPC reimbursement for the cost of the Jump Start Seminar and participation in the OEA NBC Opportunity Grant require completion of a full suite of modules.). Participants will receive 30 PDUs for completing a full suite of modules. Cost- $50 for the full series (OEA members only)

Required entry into course series: Foundations 1 course. Then, select as many of the remaining 5 modules (C1, C2,C3,C4, Foundations 2) as you like for the flat $50 fee.

Seminar Schedule:

  • Foundations 1 (Introduction to National Board Standards, getting organized) REQUIRED - July 27 (8:30 a.m.-noon) OR August 10 (8:30 a.m.-noon)
  • Component 1 (Content Knowledge) - August 13 (1:00-4:00 p.m.)
  • Component 2 (Differentiation in Instruction) - July 27 (1:00-4:30 p.m.) OR August 10 (1:00-4:30 p.m.)
  • Component 3 (Teaching Practice and Learning Environment) - August 11 (8:30 a.m.-noon)
  • Component 4 (Effective and Reflective Practitioner) - August 13 (8:30 a.m.- noon)
  • Foundations 2 (National Board Mapping, like certificate area meetings with NBCTs) - July 31 (8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. w/lunch break) OR August 14 (8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., w/ lunch break)

REGISTER FOR JUMPSTART NOW! www.oregoned.org/jumpstart

Past Opportunities: Micro-credential VLCs

Know Your Students: Teachers know about the students they instruct in order to respond to individual student learning differences and provide every student with a high quality educational setting. Opportunity earn a micro-credential, up to 26 PDUs, and 1 graduate credit.

  • Sept. 23-Nov. 1

Knowing Your Content & How to Teach It to Students: Educator possesses a firm command of their subject area(s), understands factual information as well as major themes, and has the pedagogical insight to communicate their subject knowledge and impact student learning. Opportunity earn a micro-credential, up to 26 PDUs, and 1 graduate credit.

  • Nov. 4-Dec. 13

Managing & Monitoring Student Learning: Educator works collaboratively with their students to plan instruction, motivate and challenge students during instruction, and monitor student learning over time. Opportunity earn a micro-credential, up to 26 PDUs, and 1 graduate credit. Best suited for teachers.

  • Jan. 27-March 6

Thinking Systematically About Your Practice: Educator expands their repertoire and deepens their pedagogical content knowledge to remain inventive and welcoming to new findings that extend their professional learning. Opportunity earn a micro-credential, up to 26 PDUs, and 1 graduate credit. Best suited for teachers.

  • March 9-April 24 REGISTRATION IS FULL. Consider the April 27-June 5 session below.

NBCT Informational Meetings with OEA NBCTs: On May 5th, 13th, and 21st, get all of your NBCT questions answered, such as:

  • What does my district offer?
  • How do I get started?
  • Can I get reimbursed?

See the calendar page for details and registration.

NBCT Informational Meetings with OEA NBCTs: Get all of your NBCT questions answered, such as:

  • What does my district offer?
  • How do I get started?
  • Can I get reimbursed?
    • June 15 at 3:00 p.m.
    • June 29 at 3:00 p.m.

Teachers are Members of Learning Communities: Educator works collaboratively with colleagues, families, and the community to support students and their learning. Opportunity earn a micro-credential, up to 26 PDUs, and 1 graduate credit. Best suited for teachers.

  • April 27-June 5

Most participation is asynchronous, at your own convenience, during the six weeks. Optional live sessions are held once a week. The recordings of those sessions are available for viewing for those who can't make the live session.

Click here to learn more about micro-credentials.

What is a Micro-Credential Virtual Learning Community (VLC)?

Micro-credential Virtual Learning Communities (or VLCs) run for 6-8 weeks. Participants work towards submitting evidence and artifacts to earn a micro-credential digital badge. All VLCs are facilitated by active OEA members. Participants receive PDUs for completing the VLC and additional PDUs upon earning the micro-credential digital badge.