National Board Certification allows teachers to demonstrate the highest level of accomplishment in their profession. It is a nationally accepted sign of quality and offers a nationwide standard for evaluating and encouraging quality teaching.
The State of Montana provides an annual stipend of up to $2,000 for teachers who achieve and maintain NBC. Several Montana districts provide additional stipends.
Becoming National Board Certified involves an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, video, and analyses of the teacher's classroom teaching and student learning.
The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation helps candidates navigate the National Board Certification process. Contact Marco Ferro to learn more: [email protected]
MFPE National Board Jump Start
Jump Start is a 3-day comprehensive training designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and assessment requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information. The training is provided by MFPE's team of NBCT Facilitators.
Changes due to Covid-19
As we are all keenly aware, face-to-face gatherings cannot be how we do business right now. Therefore, we are moving this summer’s Jump Start to an online format. We are working to ensure that sessions are still engaging, interactive and rigorous. We recognize that six or eight hour days on Zoom are not enjoyable ways to learn. For that reason, we are going to spread sessions out across several dates in order to make this process work. These sessions will be in lieu of the Billings and Missoula options. We highly recommend you attend these sessions live, as they are designed to be interactive; recordings will be made available if you need. In addition, we will offer office hours throughout the course so you can connect to ask follow-up questions.
Jump Start Dates:
Dates and Time
|JUMP START SESSIONS|
|Date & Time||Topic|
|June 24, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM||Foundations 1|
|July 1, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM||Component 2|
|July 8, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM||Component 3|
|July 15, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM||Component 4|
|July 22, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM||Component 1|
|July 29, 2020; 8:30-11:30 AM||Foundations 2|
|OPTIONAL OFFICE HOURS|
|Date & Time||Topic|
|June 29, 2020; 7:00-8:00 PM||Foundations 1|
|July 6, 2020; 8:00-9:00 AM||Component 2|
|July 13, 2020; 8:00-9:00 AM||Component 3|
|July 20, 2020; 9:00-10:00 AM||Component 4|
|July 27, 2020; 9:00-10:00 AM||Component 1|
|August 3, 2020; 7:00-8:00 PM||Foundations 2|
MFPE member - $200
Non-Member - $500
Montana has 165 National Board Certified Teachers.
Teachers not listed on map have retired or moved work assignments.
Ellen Craig 2021 Art/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
Alyson Dorr 2023 Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts
Jennifer Stone 2022 Early Adolescence/Young Adulthood-Art
Nicole Vradenburg 2023 Early/Middle Childhood-Literacy-Reading Language Arts
Elizabeth Hardin 2022 Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
Kymn Van Dyken 2022 Mathematics/Adolescence and young Adulthood
Diane Olliffe 2027 Physical Education Early/Middle Childhood
Rodney Gottula 2020 English Language Arts Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Margaret Kimmet 2020 Library/Media
Ellen Sheehy 2020 Adolescence/Young Adulthood Social Studies
Dick Seitz 2020 Adolescence/Young Adulthood Mathematics
Curt Prchal 2020 Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Vocational Education
Steven Gardiner 2022 Adolescence/Young Adulthood English Language Arts
Rebecca Bruce 2022 Early Adolescence/Young Adulthood-Career Tech Ed
Start your journey to becoming a National Board Certified Teacher by attending this informational webinar about the process. Montana NBCTs Kristie Gaines, Bozeman, and Nikki Vradenburg, Belgrade, will provide a brief overview of the NBC process including important dates about registration and details portfolio submission. There will be plenty of time for questions during and after the webinar. We will offer the information each month this spring to help you get on your way to becoming a National Board Certified Teacher in Montana!
Webinar dates and registration: Sign up for notifications here!
February | Click here to register
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April | Click here to register
May| Click here to register
June | Click here to register