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What is National Board Certification?

Explore the What, Why, and How of National Board Certification here. Discover a process that many teachers feel is the most profound professional development of their career. Meet our California Accomplished Teaching Ambassadors to learn more about local opportunities throughout the state.

Introductory Seminar Information

 2018 Introductory Seminars are offered April 21, June 2, and August 4. If you're interested in learning about National Board Certification before then watch our Presentation to review the details of the process. 

National Board Support in California


The National Board Resource Center acts as one of the coordinators of  National Board certification efforts in California. Click to meet our new California National Board ambassadors, find a network near you, and find out about candidate support opportunities in your area of California. 

Candidate Support Program 2017-2018

Our program has started, but you can still join us.  You can start now with our public Foundations course. We offer three kinds of candidate support: 

  1. Face-to-face attending sessions at Stanford;
  2. Hybrid model attending a few sessions face-to-face and most sessions remotely;
  3. Online course in Canvas in which you receive the content and graphic organizers but don't collaborate with us. This is most effective if you already have a support network locally, and you want to use our support materials.  

Celebrating our Newest NBCTs!

On February 10, 2018, we celebrated our newest NBCTs with a lunch, pinning ceremony, and remarks from distinguished education leaders. You can watch our recording starting at minute 25:00.

Advance Candidate Resources

The NBRC offers support to National Board candidates who are retaking component(s) in order to certify. Our seminar is being held Saturday, January 13 from 10-12 on the Stanford campus in Barnum room 116.

Renewal Support

Advance your professional growth by renewing your National Board certificate.  Join us to learn about this reflective process.

2017 Score Release

NBPTS has announced that scores will be released on December 16, 2017. The Scoring Guide and score calulator is available now. Please make sure you can log into your National Board profile before that day! The NBRC wishes all candidates the best! As you wait for the scores, enjoy candidate and NBCT comments about the process.

Resources for National Board Candidates and Educators: Understanding Accomplished Teaching

The NBRC partnered with the Center at Stanford for Excellence in Teaching (CSET) to offer an exciting new course at the Stanford Teaching Festival this summer. This course enabled teachers to reflect upon and analyze their teaching practice against the National Board standards.  As a result of our work, a collection of resources was created. We share them with all teachers to use to develop their practices to higher levels. 

Instructional Leadership Corps News

The Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) is a collaborative effort between the National Board Resource Center (NBRC) at Stanford, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and the California Teachers Association (CTA). Its focus is building a statewide network of accomplished classroom teachers and other education leaders who support the implementation of schoolwide professional learning around the California Standards in ELA and Mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Phase Two adds educator teams in remote or historically underserved areas of California.