2023 Agenda

11:00AM – 12:00PM ET

Connect, Reflect, and Reimagine: Keynote Conversations
Cultivating Community: Teacher Leadership & Advocacy

Cultivating connection and community in diverse teaching and learning contexts is key to creating and fostering a sense of belonging, inclusion, and teacher and student agency. Join education leaders, Teena Hine (OutTeach), Whitney Aragaki, NBCT (2022 Hawai’i Teacher of the Year), and Tan-A Hoffman, NBCT (Bureau of Indian Education NBCT Network) as they share how they partner and collaborate with community and organization leaders in advocacy of enriched teaching and learning experiences in schools throughout the country..

12:30PM – 1:30PM ET

Equity at the Core
How did you establish a safe, fair, equitable, and challenging learning environment for all children?

Using a lens of centering students through joy driven pedagogy that values student and community voice, we will engage in reflection about the heart of equity: our students’ humanity. Listen to educators share about how they’ve learned to listen to students’ needs, identities, hopes, and dreams to facilitate learning that answers this question that stumps many National Board candidates.

2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

Advocacy and Teacher Leadership
Building Your Skills as a Policy Advocate

Are you ready to use your expertise to become a policy advocate? Are you wondering how to get started? Come to this session and hear how other teachers have made the leap to becoming advocates for policies that serve their students and the profession.

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET

Navigating Your National Board Journey
Exploring National Board Certification

This session will provide an overview of the essential resources and tools for teachers considering or pursuing Board Certification. Participants will leave the session with support resources and planning tools to map their journey through Board Certification. 

4:45PM-5:15PM ET

Social Hour

Join other National Board Academy attendees to reflect on the day’s sessions.

11:00AM – 12:00PM ET

Connect, Reflect, and Reimagine: Keynote Conversation
Reflective Practitioner: Teaching & Leading in Diverse Communities

Empowered, reflective teachers cultivate empowered, reflective students. As we travel our personal and professional journeys, we are well-positioned to model for our students, families, and colleagues the power and impact of self-reflection; pausing to investigate our values, beliefs, and biases. How do we lead, teach, and learn? Suzanne Farmer (Chief Academic Officer, Danville Schools, Kentucky), Jan Ogino (Teacher Leader, Arizona K12 Center), and Sebastian Cardenas (Aspiring Educator & Leader, Clark County, Nevada) share reflections of their teaching journeys as leaders and learners.

12:30PM – 1:30PM ET

Equity at the Core
A Community of Wealth: How teachers can jump start equitable and culturally sustaining partnerships with immigrant and refugee communities.

As an educator of students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds, Mrs. Gutierrez has focused on actively being "in" community with her students and their families. Approaching this work from a framework of LEADership, Mrs. Gutierrez has learned the importance of being able to Listen, Encourage, Advocate, and Dream.

Participants will reflect on real life classroom examples from Mrs. Gutierrez’s LEADership that fostered deep partnerships and allowed for learning experiences that were equitable and culturally sustaining for all students’ intersectional identities.

2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

Advocacy and Teacher Leadership
Federal Efforts to Triage the National Teacher Shortage

All 50 states are reporting critical teacher shortages in at least one subject, bringing the issue to the national forefront. This session will outline what the federal government’s role is in supporting the educator workforce and help you read between the lines of what can actually be achieved in a politically divided environment.

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET

Navigating Your National Board Journey
Exploring Maintenance of Certification

This session will provide an overview of the essential resources and tools for NBCTs interested in maintaining their National Board Certification. Participants will leave the session with support resources and planning tools to map their MOC journey.

4:45PM-5:15PM ET

Social Hour

Join other National Board Academy attendees to reflect on the day’s sessions.

10:00AM – 10:30AM ET

Coffee Conversation: Exploring ATLAS

Join us for a brief session on the National Board’s ATLAS (Accomplished Teaching, Learning and Schools). ATLAS is an online library showcasing authentic videos of Board-Certified teachers in action and includes their written commentary explaining their thinking behind the lesson. Participants will learn about how ATLAS is being used as a resource to reflect on practice and learn how National Board candidates can access it for free.

11:00AM – 12:00PM ET

Connect, Reflect, and Reimagine: Keynote Conversations
Reimagining: Teacher Leadership in Our Profession

Teacher leadership is an essential key to elevating our profession. The ever-changing educational landscape compels us to reimagine teacher leadership as a lever for innovating and improving teaching and learning. John Arthur, NBCT (2021 Utah Teacher of the Year), Jonathan Alfuth (KnowledgeWorks, Washington, D.C.), and Dr. Michael Savoy (Vice President of Programs, Teach Plus, Connecticut) discuss teacher leadership and advocacy as opportunities to transform education.

12:30PM – 1:30PM ET

Equity at the Core
Examining Equitable Practices for Special Education and ESL Students

What do equitable practices look like in a Special Education & ESL classroom?  How might a teacher’s knowledge of individuals or groups of students impact the classroom? In this session participants will examine how they fairly and equitably treat students in order to facilitate ownership of their learning.

2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

Advocacy and Teacher Leadership
Beyond the Schoolhouse: Teacher Leadership in Policy & Advocacy

Teacher leadership positions education professionals to lead change in our schools for the benefit of all students. Teacher leaders also engage outside the classroom and address challenges to improve education in collaboration with colleagues, school administration and professional staff—as well as community, state, and national leaders. Join Beyond the Schoolhouse and learn how you can inform, influence, and impact education through leadership in policy and advocacy.

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET

Navigating Your National Board Journey

Essential Tools for Your National Board Certification Journey

This session will provide an overview of effective tools for educators to engage with to reflect and write about their practice. Participants will leave the session with strategies and resources to support collecting evidence and writing about their practice for National Board Certification.

4:45PM – 5:15PM ET

Social Hour

Join other National Board Academy attendees to reflect on the day’s sessions.

We’ve added a fourth day on June 29, NB2B Day! Join to hear from National Board staff and candidates about how to get started, explore your resources, and plan your path.

11:00AM – 12:00PM ET

Keynote: This is My "Why"

This session will showcase current candidates who will discuss their "why" behind pursuing Board Certification and helpful tips and reminders for participants.

12:30PM – 1:30PM ET

Navigating the National Board Homeroom to Plan Your Journey

This session will provide participants with an overview of the National Board Homeroom, a newly launched resource hub for National Board certification. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of time management, tools, and strategies to utilize throughout their Board certification process.

2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

Prioritizing Your Self Care

This session will provide participants with self-care tools and strategies to utilize as they complete Board certification.

3:30PM – 4:30PM ET

Celebration and Social Hour

Participants will engage with facilitators and with one another to learn more about fellow NB2B educators and connect.