(All web links open in a new page.)The CMS National Board Support Program is located @ Spaugh Professional Development Center (PDC), 1901 Herbert Spaugh Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28208.
Information Sessions for New or Potential Initial 2017-2018 Candidates
Have you completed three years of teaching, school counseling, or media center work? Attend an Information Session to learn more about the National Board Certification process and support offered for district candidates. Additional information sessions will be scheduled in the spring and summer of 2017 for initial candidates wishing to begin the process in the 2017-2018 school year. All sessions will be held at Spaugh PDC, 1901 Herbert Spaugh Lane, Charlotte, 28208, unless otherwise noted. You only need to attend one information session. No registration is required for information sessions.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
October 18, 2017 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (early-release day)
December 6, 2017 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (early-release day)

Review the PowerPoint below from the Information Sessions.

This wiki will be updated this summer with additional information for 2017-2018 candidates. Contact Linda Yarbrough at linda.yarbrough@cms.k12.nc.us with any questions or concerns.

Learn more about the National Board Certification process by reviewing the resources below.
Before attending your first study group meeting, complete the two brief Canvas courses to assist you with candidate registration, locating and using National Board materials, and creating a timeline for success. Click on the Canvas enrollment keys below. The enrollment keys will ask you to log in to ncedcloud and then take you directly to the course. Review the courses in the order listed below.

National Board Certification - Is This the Year For You? enrollment key:

National Board Certification - Getting Started enrollment key:

Important Information for WLOE (World Language) Candidates
WLOE candidates —must now pass ACTFL writing and speaking proficiency tests. — More information is available at http://www.boardcertifiedteachers.org/sites/default/files/WL_Candidates_Prerequisite_FAQ.pdf

Important Deadlines

The following chart is applicable to initial candidates submitting components for scoring during the 2016-17 assessment cycle.

2016-17 Important Dates and Deadlines
ePortfolio Submission Window
April - May 17, 2017
Component 1: Content Knowledge Testing Window
April – June 15, 2017
Scores Released
On or before December 31, 2017
The following chart is applicable to initial candidates submitting components for scoring during the 2017-2018 assessment cycle.

2017-18 Important Dates and Deadlines
Application for North Carolina loan
April 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Registration Window
April 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018
Registration (includes payment of $75 fee)
January 31, 2018
Component Selection (includes payment of component fees)*
January 31, 2018
Change of Certificate and/or Specialty Area
January 31, 2018
Change of Component Selection
January 31, 2018
Withdrawal Deadline
January 31, 2018
ePortfolio Submission Window
April - May 2018
Component 1: Content Knowledge Testing Window
April – June 15, 2018
Scores Released
On or before December 31, 2018
*Only order and purchase components that you plan to complete in the 2017-2018 school year.
It is very important that you include your Social Security Number and agree to release Third Party Information when you register online with National Board. The third parties are CMS, DPI, and NCCAT. Your pay increase and renewal credit cannot be issued without your Social Security number and the agreement to release information to third parties. If you have already registered and did not provide this information, follow the instructions below.
Go to My Profile and look to the left for Service Request. Scroll down to "I agree to the following policies". Scroll down again until you see "special considerations". Make sure that it says "yes" next to the following statement: Do you wish to have your name released to third-party agencies that may provide incentives, support, and rewards for teachers seeking National Board Certification?
For more information, visit the DPI website or the National Board website.

2016-2017 Candidate Study Groups
Candidate study groups for initial and renewal candidates will be held monthly on selected Saturdays at the Spaugh Professional Development Center.

For registration and additional information regarding the study groups, visit the Study Groups page in the National Board section of this wiki.

Pay Differential
If you have questions about the 12% pay differential, review the salary schedules posted on the CMS website at http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/Jobs/Pages/Compensation.aspx . You may also view salary information, including FAQs, on the DPI website at http://dpi.state.nc.us/fbs/finance/salary/ .

Listen to CMS National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) as they describe what pursuit of National Board Certification has meant to them.

NBgivesUmore from CMS TeacherPD on Vimeo.

Support Program Information
CMS provides all teachers, media specialists, and school counselors an opportunity for continued support throughout the National Board Certification process. The CMS National Board Support Program offers ongoing support, encouragement, and feedback from the moment of application for National Board Candidacy throughout the entire process. We encourage all of you to make our support program part of your National Board Certification process.
The National Board Support Staff includes approximately 25 part-time NBCTs. This Support Program provides a number of key components. Specific information will be sent to all Candidates as plans are finalized each year. Support Program information is also advertised periodically in the weekly CMS Insider email. Interested potential Candidates should read the information on this site to learn about National Board Certification and then contact us with any questions by creating a Cherwell ticket. See directions for Cherwell tickets at the bottom of this wiki page.
Support Program Components:
  • Annual NBCT Celebration: celebrates all new and renewed NBCTs each January
  • Annual Candidate Institutes: offer consultative assistance in two separate Institutes
  • National Board Professional Library: offers available resources for all teachers
  • Recruitment Team: conducts Information Sessions for prospective Candidates
  • Reading Program: provides individual feedback on Candidate writing
  • Renewal Program: offers support group and professional reading for NBCTs renewing their National Board Certification
  • Study Groups: offer small-group interactions led by trained NBCT Facilitators

Visit the tabs on the left for more information about various components of our support program. We regret that we cannot support candidates who are not employed by CMS.

Candidate Resources
National Board Website
The National Board website * contains all of the information you need to choose your certification area, download your materials, and begin working on the National Board Certification or renewal process. Be sure to review the Guide to National Board Certification before registering as a candidate. (When the site loads, scroll down to access the link to the Guide.)

View the detailed component instructions, At-a-Glance documents, NBPTS Standards, Scoring Guide, and other information for your certification area in the Candidate Section of the National Board website.

NC DPI National Board Website
Visit the National Board section of the DPI website for information on the loan and the 12% pay differential.

National Board & NC Professional Teaching Standards
The National Board Core Propositions correlate closely to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards.
View or print the correlations:

Differentiation of Instruction
If you would like to increase your knowledge of differentiated instruction, visit the Differentiation section of this wiki for information about self-paced online courses, face-to-face courses, and links to resources. This may be helpful as you prepare to complete Component 2, Differentiation in Instruction.

Additional Information
Follow the directions below so that we may respond to your questions or provide additional information about National Board Certification and the CMS National Board Support Program.

Visit the other pages of this wiki for more information about study groups, candidate institutes, financial support, or renewal of National Board Certification.