The Initial Excitement of National Board Candidacy
Last fall I went to a showing of the documentary Mitchel 20. This movie is about 20 teachers from Mitchell Arizona who together, attempt to receive their National Board Certification. If you’re interested in learning more about Mitchel 20, watch the trailer below.
After watching the Mitchell 20, I knew I wanted to be a National Board Certified Teacher. (NBCT)
Well, it’s official; I am a National Board candidate! I received “my box” in the mail last week. The only things inside the box was a bunch of paperwork, some envelopes and directions for what needs to be mailed in when and how to mail it correctly. I need to keep track of “the box.” All of the information I need is available online. I have printed and read through a lot of it already. If you’re interested in learning about the National Board Certification process, check out their website for more information.
I’m really excited to begin my journey towards certification. What an excellent opportunity to reflect on student learning in my classroom and improve the quality of my teaching. Quite honestly, I’ve read through the material and still am not sure I know what I’m getting myself into. That’s okay; I think it’s better at this point. If I was able to truly comprehend the amount of work ahead of me, I might freak out. So far, I’m all smiles.
I have applied online, paid the initial $65 dollar application fee and the $500 down payment. National Board Certification cost $2,500, not including the application fee. The state of Iowa pays for half of the $2,500 if you apply for a grant online. I applied and mailed in my paperwork. A week later the $1,250 showed up as payment in my account. Yay Iowa!
Now all I have to do is pass my National Boards. Sounds easy enough, right?
Well, the statistics don’t look promising. I think its part of the reason why people shy away from even attempting to get their National Board Certification. Only 50% pass on their first attempt. (Don’t worry; with all your wisdom, guidance and support, I’m confident I will pass!) If for some reason I don’t, I can always retake a section.
So, here’s to the beginning of my National Board journey.
Hold on tight, it’s going to be a wild ride!
Do you have your National Board Certification?
If so, do you have any suggestions for me as I start my journey?