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We encourage CMS National Board candidates to join study groups. Study groups meet on selected Saturdays at Spaugh Professional Development Center, 1901 Herbert Spaugh Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28208. Initial candidates who plan to attempt all four components during this school year should register for one of the year-long study groups for either elementary or secondary (middle and high school) candidates. Candidates attempting fewer than four components during 2017-2018 should register for a two-month study group for each component that they plan to attempt during this school year. Skill groups and consultation opportunities are also available each month for all candidates. Study groups and consultation sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon on selected Saturdays.

In order to gain the most benefit from the study group meetings, you should download and review the National Board standards, general portfolio instructions, component instructions and scoring rubrics, and all related forms for your certification area prior to your study group meetings. You are encouraged to bring a device to the study group meetings so that you may access these documents as you work in your study groups.

Before attending your first study group meeting, review 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:

Please note that the consultations are an opportunity for initial candidates to drop-in to consult briefly with CMS NB Staff. Candidates will sign-in and their questions will be addressed on a first-come, first-served basis. Candidates should bring their component instructions, scoring materials, NB standards, and all materials related to their work. Please note that CMS NB Staff will not be able to read entire components during the consultation sessions.

Study group information for 2017-2018 will be added in the summer of 2017.

Renewal candidates will register for the renewal study group. Use the Renewals tab at the left to access more information for renewal candidates.

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.

Use the navigation on the left to access other pages of this National Board Candidate wiki. We regret that we cannot provide support to National Board candidates who are not CMS employees.

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