Candidate Support Programs and Facilitation

We have a range of resources available to National Board Candidate Support Program Leaders and Professional Learning Facilitators. Content will be updated as new materials are created. In addition, any COVID-19 related materials will be housed here.

COVID-19 Candidates Allowance

We have built a comprehensive plan to ensure equitable opportunities for all teachers pursuing National Board certification and Maintenance of Certification during the pandemic. All  information and resources for candidates can be found on the COVID-19 page.

Candidate Support Community Collaboration

Join us for a time dedicated to collaboration for Candidate Support Program Leaders and Professional Learning Facilitators to both learn and share strategies, tips, and tools to strengthen facilitation and support for educators on their Board certification journey. 

Candidate Support Program and Facilitation Tools

Cohort Planning Toolkit

The Cohort Planning Toolkit is for anyone interested in designing a cohort program to help educators pursuing National Board certification. These ready-made resources are not intended to be prescriptive, but rather to give leaders a starting place for designing a program and adapting for local needs.

Building A Virtual Candidate Support Course

If you are a Candidate Support Program Leader looking to build or adapt candidate support programs for a virtual context, NBCTs have developed several free online courses to help. Access the course and related materials here.

Virtual Courses to Prepare Professional Learning Facilitators

If you are an NBCT or teacher leader interested in becoming a Professional Learning Facilitator, or a Candidate Support Program Leader interested in training Professional Learning Facilitators, you can access these free resources. 

Introduction to National Board Certification (Facilitators): This course is a collection of resources and guided learning activities for individuals or groups interested in supporting educators pursuing Board certification and need a deeper dive into the standards and certification process. Register here.

Professional Learning Facilitator Training: This course is a collection of resources and guided learning activities for individuals or groups interested in supporting educators pursuing Board certification. To access this course, please register here.

Support Resources Available to Candidates

Support for Candidates offers educators pursuing National Board certification and Maintenance of Certification a list of curated resources to support their candidate journey.

National Board Certification: For educators pursuing National Board certification, you’ll find Component Planning Guides, ATLAS4Candidates, state and local contacts for support, free access to the self-paced Canvas Courses produced by the National Board Resource Center (NBRC) at Stanford University and more. 

Maintenance of Certification: NBCTs pursuing Maintenance of Certification have access to a range of resources to support their reflection on their Professional Growth Experiences, including free access to a self-paced Canvas Course developed by a team of NBCTs, graphic organizers and calendar for determining eligibility.

Learn more about the three self-guided and unfacilitated virtual courses for candidates. 

Additional Facilitation Resources & Materials 

NBConnect

NBConnect is an online community for advocates working to grow and support National Board’s mission to expand accomplished teaching across the country. The site includes information and resources for building awareness for Board certification, developing professional learning, and candidate and NBCT support. Access to the community requires approval.