The 21st Century Education Enterprise received a THNI TAKE ONE! grant for the 2011-2012 academic year to waive the $395 fee associated with participating in the TAKE ONE program for 40 Eastern Kentucky Teachers. Teachers who are participants in the ACTIVE MATH Project will also receive free mentor services.
For more information on the TAKE ONE process, go to http://www.nbpts.org/products_and_services/take_one1 .
Currently, we are taking applications for teachers interested in participating in TAKE ONE. The deadline for application is December 31st, 2011. Portfolio entries are due April 15th, 2012.
Who Can Take One!?
Take One! is available to all teachers as well as induction or pre-service teachers, principals, administrators, professors in colleges of education and those who provide support for National Board Certification candidates. Take One! is classroom-based professional development, and requires that educators have access to a preK-12 classroom in order to complete the portfolio entry.
How Does It Work?
Take One! aligns practice to professional teaching standards. Participants identify evidence of student learning and make the critical link between teaching practice and student learning gains.
What Must Participants Do?
1. Study the NBPTS Standards for their teaching discipline and choose an appropriate certificate area.
2. Complete a video portfolio entry using a classroom of students to demonstrate accomplished preK-12 teaching.
3. Submit the entry to NBPTS to be scored, in accordance with the deadlines and policies of the current NBPTS assessment program
How Do We Help?
Our program waives the $395 fee for registration in the TAKE ONE program through a THNI grant provided to teachers recruited by the 21st Century Education Enterprise. We also make available a day-long orientation session. Our office does not read or review entries.
What Must You Do?
Step One: Read all about NBPTS at their website www.nbpts.org.
Step Two: Select the Certificate Area and Developmental Level that best fits the students you currently teach. If you have any questions about your certificate area, call 1-800-22-TEACH and a representative will assist you. If you select the wrong area, your entry will not be scored.
Step Three: Read about the TAKE ONE process at http://www.nbpts.org/products_and_services/take_one1
Step Four: Register for the TAKE ONE on the National Board Website: www.nbpts.org. When you go to the prompt about payment, click on pay later. Your fees will be waived by the Washington DC office as a result of a THNI TAKE ONE grant.
Step Five: Register with our office at TAKE ONE Registration
Failure to register with our office will result in you paying for your own TAKE ONE kit.
In two to three weeks, you will receive a box from NBPTS. Do not throw away this box, as it will be used again to mail your completed entry back to NBPTS for scoring! There will be envelopes and barcode labels in the box. Do not throw anything away. Put the box in a location where you will find it again. You will receive a disk. This disk has all the instructions you need to complete your entry.
You do not have to wait for your materials to arrive by mail. You may download and print all instructions from the NBPTS website at http://www.nbpts.org/for_candidates/the_portfolio . Print both the general portfolio instructions (same for all certificate areas) and the specific portfolio instructions for the entry specified for your certificate area and development level for the TAKE ONE! Keep in mind, you do not need the instructions for all four portfolio entries until you register for the full-length process. You only print and follow the instructions for the one entry specified for the TAKE ONE.
How Do I Find A Mentor?
You have two choices for mentorship.
1. We can locate a mentor to assist you. Should you wish us to locate a mentor for you, we will charge a $100 fee to pay the mentor.
2. You may choose to locate your own mentor. If so, your mentor must go to
http://www.nbpts.org/for_candidates/candidate_support and read the instructions for ethical support of a candidate. Violating these regulations may jeopardize your mentor’s certificate.
3.If you are a participant in the ACTIVE MATH PROJECT, a mentor will be provided and paid for by the grant.
Should you have questions regarding the process AFTER you have registered and paid your fee, you may contact Rebecca Roach, the Professional Development Associate for the 21st Century Education Enterprise at firstname.lastname@example.org.