Coaching Saturdays are designed to:
- Guide candidates through the process with coaching and mentoring support from National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the form of an analytical review of portfolio components or through conversations about their practice as it relates to the requirements established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
- Allow candidates to establish relationships with other candidates.
- Provide candidates an atmosphere away from the distractions of home and school to work solo, one-on-one, and in small groups.
Candidates participating in Coaching Saturdays should bring:
- NBPTS Component Instructions
- Certificate area NBPTS Standards
- Any written commentary
- Evidence: student work samples, teaching artifacts, videos, etc.
Whether you are a first-time or continuing candidate, this day is for you.
*During February, March, and April, technology experts will be available to assist you. Candidates seeking technical assistance during these events should bring their recording device with all necessary accessories, including power cords and cables.
*Candidates might want to consider registering for a Coaching Saturday away from home and turn it into a mini working retreat. While the Arizona K12 Center cannot provide any overnight accommodations, we can certainly provide some suggestions of where to stay if candidates attend a session out of town.
- Reflect on and complete individualized goals.
- Write commentary produced in collaborative and/or quiet environments.
- Identify new goals as a result of analytical reviews of NBPTS Components and coaching conversations with NBCTs.
- Understand newly released components/information from the NBPTS.
- Develop a sense of accomplishment for having participated in an engaging and collaborative work time.
*Below is a list of optional breakouts available:
Analyzing Student Work / Differentiated Instruction
Differentiating instruction is important for meeting the individual needs of students. This optional breakout is designed to provide candidates with insight on how to analyze their own student work samples and identify criteria that determines student success. This awareness will help candidates begin to develop protocols for differentiating student work, analyzing student work, and setting next steps.
**This optional breakout is designed for candidates completing Component 2 and will be offered on January 7, 2017.
Component 3 Exploration and Identifying Evidence in Video
This breakout is designed to provide candidates with the opportunity to explore the NBPTS Component 3 instructions to identify what they need to know and be able to do to complete Component 3. Using an outcome-based, backwards planning and design model will enable candidates to capture evidence of NBPTS Standards and scoring criteria during videotaping. Candidates will also learn how to identify evidence of accomplished teaching and student learning by viewing an example teaching video. Using the NBPTS scoring criteria and the Standards, candidates will get support on how to plan lessons that could be used for Component 3.
**This optional breakout is designed for candidates completing Component 3 and will be offered on January 7, 2017.
Becoming an Effective and Reflective Practitioner
This breakout is designed to provide candidates with an opportunity to explore ways in which they use assessment data and collaborate with families, colleagues, and community stakeholders to positively impact students as outlined in NBPTS Component 4. Candidates will learn how to identify professional learning and student needs, and they will reflect on how their formative and summative assessment practices connect to those needs. Using a reflective approach, candidates will analyze how they use their cumulative knowledge of students to participate in learning communities and create sound assessment principles and practices.
**This optional breakout is designed for candidates completing Component 4 and will be offered on February 4, 2017.
Analyzing Writing for Evidence and Reflection
Targeting evidence in written commentary will help candidates ensure that they are submitting their most clear, consistent, and convincing writing. This optional breakout is designed to provide candidates with tools to analyze their written commentary for Components 2 and/or 3 with color-coding methods to identify and analyze evidence of standards-based practice and NBPTS scoring criteria. Candidates will learn how to develop an evidence-based reflective thinking and writing system for continuous reflection and improvement of lesson design and delivery in their school settings to complete portfolio-based components.
**This optional breakout is designed for candidates completing Components 2 and 3 and will be offered on February 4, 2017.
***Please note that there will be no optional breakouts offered on March 25, 2017 and April 22, 2017.
Registration includes continental breakfast, beverages, and lunch.