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Understanding National Board Certification: A Guide for Teachers and Those Who Support Them, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Mark W. Ellis, Tara D. Barnhart, Leslee M. Milch

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 24, 2012

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A thorough, accessible examination of the National Board standards and certification process, this guide is invaluable to all educators pursuing Board certification and those supporting such candidates.


With this resource as a guide, educators will deepen their understanding of the National Board standards, become fully prepared to be successful National Board candidates, and enhance their growth as educational professionals. Here readers get a thorough and accessible examination of the standards and the certification process, with extensive references to relevant research.


Whether candidates are working on their own or in a candidate support group, they can turn to this guide for complete coverage of all aspects of National Board certification for First Time candidates, Take One! Candidates, Retake (or Advanced) candidates, and National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) working on Renewal. The Preface includes suggested pathways for each type of candidate—useful information to guide readers to the most relevant sections of the book— specific suggestions for setting up and participating productively in candidate support groups, plus several figures and templates for organizing planning and reflection as candidates work on portfolio entries.

Table of Contents



1.                                             Introduction to National Board Certification

2.   Studying the Standards

3.   Getting Started

4.   Thinking, Dialoguing and Writing about Teaching

5.   Looking for Evidence

6.   Wrapping Up the Portfolio

7.   The Assessment Center

8.   Planning for Score Release

9.   You’ve Earned National Board Certification: Now What?


Annotated Resources by Chapter

Appendix: Providing Candidate Support

      The Role of the Support Provider

      Tools for Talking about Teaching

      Building and Maintaining a Safe and Productive Environment

      Common Candidate Challenges

      Guide for Using this Book with Candidates

      In Closing

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$21.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-216009-4