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National Board Certified Teachers who support candidates and lead programs need to know more than the component details: they need to be able to support collaborative conversations about teaching and equity, as well as consider equity and access in program design. In addition, they need to help candidates ask one another useful questions, build community, become more analytical about their practice, and be able to identify evidence of work that exemplifies the standards of accomplished teaching. In order to do this work, we offer virtual training for Professional Learning Facilitators & Program Leaders.

We will use materials created by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the National Board Resource Center at Stanford, and networks across the country with throughlines of equity and access for candidates, scoring, and the NBPTS Body of Knowledge. The training will include access to a Canvas course as a "textbook." 

June 2022 participant

"Thank you for the facilitation techniques! I appreciated how you shared and modeled many great things to add to my facilitator toolkit"

June 2022 participant

"I learned it's important to consider HOW and WHAT to evaluate our program on- rooted in our WHY."

June 2022 participant

"I appreciated thinking and talking through how we might address biases in candidates' writing--this is not something I considered before!"

This training will be useful for anyone in any stage of supporting candidates- whether building a program or leading or facilitating in a well-established program. Participants may register as individuals or as a group of colleagues, district office personnel, and/or teacher coaches. Participants may come to any of the days that are relevant to their role(s) as candidate support providers.

  • Intro to the National Board process, Monday  - An introduction to the National Board initial certification or maintenance of certification processes, and an overview of candidate support
  • Program leaders and builders, Tuesday- Considerations for building and evaluating your program, including attending to equity and access
  • Professional Learning Facilitators, Wednesday- Designing professional learning sessions, supporting candidates across certificate areas, equity considerations within a PL session, supporting candidates receiving scores
  • Readers and 1:1 support providers, Thursday - Giving feedback to candidates, tools for reading candidate writing, having hard conversations with candidates


$250 per person per day

PLF Virtual Training Dates: 4-day sessions will be held June 12-15 and again Sept 11-14, 2023

from 8 am-1 pm Pacific Time/11 am- 4pm Eastern Time.

Note: Please reach out to the NBRC ( for more info on private programming.


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June 2022 participant

"I got a better understanding of how a program can be created and made stronger. I also loved the discussion on ethics."

June 2022 participant

"I want to thank you for the last few days.  I feel like this is one of the more valuable professional learning experiences I have had.  You did a great job of balancing input with processing and collaboration time.  I learned so much about bias, how to better give feedback, and adult learning strategies."

June 2022 participant

"I really appreciated the different ways we got to practice giving feedback and coaching candidates. I also appreciated the concrete examples you gave for delivering feedback in different modalities."