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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.

Candidate Support Program 2019-2020

Join us on an amazing professional learning journey! Look over our Foundations course or join our candidate support. We offer two kinds: 

  1. Face-to-face attending sessions at Stanford;
  2. Online attending sessions remotely (see Online Candidate Support)

Online Candidate Support

Wish you could join a cohort of accomplished teachers pursuing National Board certification? Live too far away to join one? The NBCR offers facilitated candidate support online. 

Introductory Seminar Information

You can still join us this year, but now you can learn about National Board certificsation by watching our Presentation to review the details of the process. 

Renewal Support

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

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. Read more to learn about member-created resources available to use and about joining this effort. Watch this video  that shares the story of how a professional development model of teachers teaching teachers has taken root in Yuba City, CA.  Download our brochure.

Exploring National Board Certification

Join us for this free two-day exploration of the benefits and details of the National Board certification process. Discover why teachers say it transformed their practice. If you are thinking of pursuing certification you won't want to miss these two-days!

Exploring Teacher Leadership

Exploring Teacher Leadership: An Opportunity for Action

Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford Professor Emeritus and CEO of LPI and Eric Heins, President of CTA gave the opening remarks about the new opportunities and need for teacher leadership within the changing landscape of our California education system. This is a unique and exciting time to be in education in California.  You can watch the live stream of the opening remarks  from 9:30-10:30 AM. Explore the resources connected with our breakout sessions: 

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. 

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.