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National Board Certification Programs

Workshops and programs offered at Western Kentucky University to support National Board Candidates.

The following workshops and programs are offered at Western Kentucky University:

  • NBPTS Information Meetings
  • WKU Jumpstart Seminars for National Board Candidates©
  • WKU NBPTS Entry Review Sessions©
  • Candidate Support Providers (CSP) Training.
  • WKU Renewal Seminar© For All National Board Certified Teachers

If you have questions about any of these programs, please feel free to contact Lynn Hines at Lynn.Hines@wku.edu.

NBPTS Informational Meetings

Requests are scheduled for individual schools or districts. Contact Dr. Lynn Hines at lynn.hines@wku.edu for scheduling.


WKU JumpStart Seminar for First-time National Board Candidates

WKU JumpStart Seminars© is an intense one-day workshop for first-time candidates. Facilitators provide guidance to candidates on the major aspects of the NBPTS certification process, such as interpreting standards, videotaping, forms of writing, ethics, the classroom centered entries, assessment center preparation, organization and format. The goal is that when candidates leave, they have the confidence to move forward using the tools provided for them, developed a network of fellow candidates, and a plan of action to complete the process.

Workshops will be in Bowling Green on the WKU campus.  Each participant will receive materials to support the candidacy process.

Please contact Lynn Hines at lynn.hines@wku.edu if you are interested. In the subject line please denote:  WKU JumpStart. Further information will be emailed to interested teachers

Friday, September 14, 2018, 8-3.


Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8-3.

Fee: $200. 
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Online Registration

Renewal Seminar (Profile of Professional Growth) for NBCTs

WKU Renewal Workshops are designed to help NBCTs getting ready to go through the process and for new NBCTs to develop a professional growth plan for the first ten years of certification. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) offers the Profile of Professional Growth for renewal of National Board Certification with the renewal period being ten years from the respective date of certification of each National Board Certified Teacher. You must be in your eighth or ninth year of certification to begin the renewal process. However, it is advantageous to start planning and understanding the process as early as possible into your first 10 year certification period.

Workshops will be in Bowling Green on the WKU campus.  Each participant will receive materials to support the candidacy process.

The workshops will be scheduled on Monday afternoons. Please contact Lynn Hines at lynn.hines@wku.edu if you are interested. In the subject line please denote:  WKU NBPTS Renewal. Further information will be emailed to interested teachers.

Monday, October 15, 2018, 4-7 pm.

Monday, September 24, 2018, 4-7 pm.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5-8pm.

Fee: $75. 
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Online Registration


WKU NBPTS Entry Review Sessions for First-time Candidates and Renewal Candidates

This is a forum for National Board Candidates to receive feedback from National Board Certified Teachers.  We read entries submitted through email.  A NBCT will read and review entries providing intensive feedback.  ONLY ONE READING PER ENTRY AND THE ENTRY MUST BE IN A FINAL DRAFT. If requested, a face-to-face meeting will be scheduled after the review is completed.

The NBCT’s are paid $50 an hour to review entries.  Therefore, as there is no funding available, it is necessary for me to pass the cost to you.  Each read will be $50 when entries are submitted. Payment can be made by mail or purchase order.

Entries will be reviewed until April 30.

Email Lynn Hines at lynn.hines@wku.edu to be placed in the review queue. Allow at least a week for results.

What should be submitted for electronic or face-to-face reviews of entries?

Contextual factors form

Commentary that has been annotated with the following;

  • Type the questions being answered
  • Highlight all analytical comments
  • In the margins write the standard(s) being addressed
  • Send any paper evidence required for the entry
  • If possible, send video(s) required for the entry

The above items are as much for your benefit as for the reviewer.  It is a form of self-check for you.  Also, refer to the rubric (s) as you self-check.  Reviewers will be doing the same.



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 Last Modified 11/14/18