What is National Board Certification (NBC)?
NBC proves that teachers possess the skills and knowledge of accomplished teaching as demonstrated by their performance on a two-part assessment. The assessment is based on high standards developed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The standards-based assessment requires candidates to create a classroom-based portfolio and complete a one-day written assessment. Call 1-800-22TEACH to receive an application for NBPTS.
Benefits of Becoming National Board Certified
- Mississippi re-certification for 5 years
- Leadership opportunities while remaining in the classroom
- $6,000 annual bonus for 10 years after certification
- Professional growth and affirmation
- Promote teaching as a profession
The Southwest Mississippi World-Class Teaching Initiative (SMWCTI)
The Southwest Mississippi World-Class Teaching Initiative (SMWCTI) is one of six World Class Teaching Programs that supports Mississippi teachers as they seek National Board Certification. The state of Mississippi funds the World-Class Teaching Initiative at university campuses, and Jackson State University (JSU) is one of the institutions funded to support teachers through the Southwest Mississippi World-Class Teaching Initiative. This initiative was established in the late 1990’s, and the first cohort of teachers matriculated through the SMWCTI and were certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
The Southwest Mississippi World-Class Teaching Initiative, at Jackson State University, is directed by Dr. Gloria Smith who is assisted by Ms. Vanetta Kenerson, and five (5) mentors. Ms. Kenerson, who serves as facilitator, is responsible for monitoring the mentors, recruiting, securing financial support, and providing relevant training and academic support for candidates. The mentors for the initiative facilitate and support selected candidates through the National Board process.
The Southwest Mississippi World-Class Teaching Initiative, at JSU, offers several different programs to meet the needs of teachers seeking National Board Certification (NBC). It guides and supports groups of selected candidates through the certification process. Ultimately, this program prepares leading teachers to take and pass the National Board Educator Exam. Outlined below are the programs offered through the SMWCTI to meet the needs of teachers seeking National Board Certification: Mentoring Program, The Pre-Candidacy Program, and The Standards Study/Prep Course.
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The Mentoring Program is the heart of the Southwest Mississippi World-Class Teaching Initiative. It guides and supports groups of selected candidates through the National Board Certification process. It consists of bi-monthly meetings with active candidates, their peers, and a National Board Certified Teacher.
The Pre-Candidacy Program is designed for teachers who wish to fine tune their teaching skills before beginning the National Board process. These teachers are interested in seeking National Board Certification during the following school year. Seminars are offered on topics such as: The Three Types of Writing (descriptive, analytic, and reflective), Videotaping Tips, Study of Standards by Certificate Areas, Collaboration in the Professional Community, and Outreach to Families and Community.
The Standards Study/Prep Study is a four-day workshop designed to provide instruction on the standards developed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The workshop gives an overview of the National Board Certification process and allows the candidates the opportunity to study the standards for a specific certificate area with a National Board Certified Teachers.
What Does the SMWCTI Offer Teachers?
- Seminars to study national standards and connect to practice
- Regular meetings with candidates and National Board Certified Teachers
- Cooperative learning designs
- Access to study materials
- Support system and network opportunities
For an explanation of the current Mississippi law governing the reimbursement process for National Board certified teachers, counselors, and speech pathologists, please go to Here
For an application for National Board Certification, please call 1-800-22-TEACH or apply on-line at www.nbpts.org.
If you have any further questions about the certificate, please contact:
Vanetta Kenerson–(601) 856-8731 or (601) 454-1599 or (601) 432-6270