Saturday, April 26, 2014

Renewing National Board Certification

The following blog entry is about what I learned as I renewed my National Boards and passed the first time in 2013.

2013 was the first year that School Counselors could renew their National Board Certification.  I was in the group who received National Board Certification the first year it was open.  8 years later, it was time to start the writing all over again.  So here are the things I learned:

Top 5 things to do before you even start:

  1. Don't procrastinate! Renewing is stressful enough.  If you have not even reached the 8 year mark in your certification, you can still be planning ahead.  Make sure you are continuing your education by taking workshops and then implementing what you learned. 
  2. Document the workshops and classes you have taken.  Really, I mean it!  We are getting older now and memory of ALL those professional development workshops and classes are sparse.  Have a file devoted to just this.
  3. Take pictures, save examples of how you have implemented what you have learned.  Even a video here or there is good to have on hand when it is time to start the process.
  4. Share with colleagues!  Offer to do workshops. Ask for examples of things created by others or examples of student learning due to a colleague using this information you have imparted.  It can show how you have impacted learning among your colleagues and other professional groups.
  5. If you have won awards or received emails of gratitude, put them or at least a copy of them away in a special file! You will be thankful that you saved them and know exactly where they are.

Where to begin?

Start with the some great resources:

This is where I started my journey...

It's brief!

Profile of Professional Growth

This is the book with all the directions!  Print it out, highlight key words.  Make sure to answer all the prompts.  Definitely read it all the way to the end.  There are suggestions on how to how to video and where to put your camera when recording.  

This is obvious why you need it!  

NBCrenewal Yahoo Group Discussion Board

I can't tell you how helpful this discussion board is!  You need to experience it for yourself.  Even if you don't think you have questions, some of the discussions are good food for thought.  Here you have fellow colleagues going through the process; as well as, those who have already been through the process and stayed on to help the new ones.

In a nutshell, this is what you are required to submit:

Component 1 is where you are explaining to the reader what 4 areas you have focused your professional growth in. You will write about 4 different professional growth areas or experiences.  When writing about professional growth experiences, you will write 3 pages of commentary and provide 2 pages of samples for each professional growth experience.

Component 2 is where you show how you have applied one of your PGEs in the classroom. Submit 4 pages of commentary. Submit a 10 minute video that has been created no earlier than September 1 of your eighth year.

In Component 3, you will pick a second PGE to highlight. Write 4 pages of commentary.
For evidence you may submit a 6 minute video OR 8 pages of sample learner work.

This component does not necessarily have to be with a class. It can highlight your work with colleagues, parents, etc. as long as you can show an impact on student learning indirectly. The video in this component could have been recorded at any time since you achieved certification.

The Reflection is your time to discuss how you have continued your professional growth, the patterns that have emerged and your plans for the future.  It can only be 3 pages.

Here's a little rubric that I used, mainly because I can be OCD at times.  This is not required, but it helped me see that I was meeting all the requirements.

Tracking the Requirements Rubric

Lights, Camera, Action: Take Two!

I hope this blog entry helped clarify the requirements of National Board Renewal.  For more in depth information explaining the prompts, editing, and electronic distribution, you are welcome to view a power point - Lights, Camera, Action: Take Two! that I created for a workshop I presented in January of this year.

Feel free to ask questions, I will do my best to answer them.  I am also available to do workshops for large groups. 

See my "about me" page for contact information to discuss fees for speaking engagements.


  1. Very interesting blog Angela. I can't believe it's back to school time already. I also run a guidance counselor blog and was hoping that you could possibly use it as a resource or share guest posting posts with one another. My blog is elementary guidance lesson plans

  2. Counseling is nothing to be ashamed about. They can be very beneficial. Counselors are always there for people who need to talk. They are trained to give good advice!
    Emily Smith |

  3. Thank you! This information is very, very helpful!

  4. Thank you! This information is very, very helpful!

  5. how do i get to the discussion board?

  6. Thank you for organizing the renewal process at a glance. Very helpful. I am attending a group work shop at UNCW, Wilmington, NC and will share the blog with other renewal candidates.

    Thank you.
    Randy Miskech