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Mentoring Candidates for the National Board Process. Updated August 2009. Icebreaker activity . Find your puzzle partner Introduce yourself with name, certificate area, year of certification Read/discuss myth and truth Be ready to discuss with whole group . Overview - Day 1.

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icebreaker activity
Icebreaker activity
  • Find your puzzle partner
  • Introduce yourself with name, certificate area, year of certification
  • Read/discuss myth and truth
  • Be ready to discuss with whole group
overview day 1

Overview - Day 1

  • Coaching, Questioning & Facilitating
  • Writing for NBPTS
  • Mentoring for Documented Accomplishments
part 1 coaching questioning facilitating
Part 1 - Coaching/ Questioning/Facilitating
  • Self Assessment
  • 5 Core Propositions
  • Roles of a Good Mentor
  • Working with Adult Learners
  • Cognitive Coaching
  • Socratic Questioning
  • Architecture of Accomplished Teaching

Connecting NBPTS Mentoring to the Five Core Propositions

5 Core Propositions of the National Board

  • Teachers are committed to students and their learning
  • know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students
  • are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning
  • think systematically about their practice and learn from experience
  • are members of learning communities.
  • 5 Core Propositions for Mentoring
  • Mentors are committed to mentees

and their learning

  • know about the mentee’s content and

pedagogy and know how to build the

mentee’s capacity to improve

  • monitor the mentee’s learning
  • support mentee’s systematic reflection

on learning

  • build learning communities among

mentees and colleagues

roles of mentors
Roles of Mentors
  • In groups, brainstorm the roles of a NBPTS mentor. Record each role on a post-it note.
  • The 5 Core Mentoring Propositions have been posted. Attach your post-it notes under the proposition to which it belongs.
qualities of a good mentor
Qualities of a Good Mentor
  • Act as a process guide …this is NOT your work.
  • Know their role is to build the candidates’ independence.
  • Refer candidates to the 5 Core Propositions and the Standards
  • Encourage candidates.
no recipe can create an nbct
No Recipe Can Create an “NBCT”

Coaches are--

  • Non-Judgmental
  • Honest
  • Specific
  • Constructive
  • Probing
  • Knowledgeable
  • Available

Johari Window Activity

  • Complete the Johari Window form.
      • What are some unproductive
      • behaviors that could be set in
      • motion in you by a candidate’s
      • needs?
      • What do you KNOW you can’t fix
      • for a candidate?
working with adult learners
Working With Adult Learners
  • Read the chart comparing adult and child learners.
  • You will be assigned a number from the chart -- place a quote in the bubble on the stick person handout that represents your difference.
  • See example on next page for help. It represents #8 from the chart.
facilitation strategies
Facilitation Strategies
  • In groups, read and summarize assigned pages.
  • Move through charts in three round carousel.

Round 1: Summarize ideas

Round 2: What are some “do’s”

Round 3: What are some “don’ts"


Trainer VS Facilitator

  • Nurtures.
  • Guides interaction.
  • Operates on overarching goals.
  • Has an undetermined timeframe.
  • Has a repertoire to draw from to plan.
  • is intuitive.
  • Designs in media res.
  • Moves from unknown to known.
  • Gives information.
  • Directs learning.
  • Operates on outcomes.
  • Has timeframe.
  • Plans sequence.
  • Is cognitive.
  • Designs a priori.
  • Moves from known to unknown.
7 universal intellectual standards
7 Universal Intellectual Standards
  • These must be applied to thinking if you are interested in checking the quality of reasoning about a problem, issue, or situation.
  • Design a poster for your assigned standard:

* Definition

* Example sentence

* Guiding question

  • See example on wall for help.

The Cognitive Coaching Model


Teacher’ s





Student’ s




Greater Learning

Costa + Garmston

building a trusting relationship the key to coaching success
Building a Trusting Relationship: The Key to Coaching Success

“Trust is about the whole of a relationship; rapport is about the moment”

Art Costa and Robert Garmston

behaviors that build trust
Behaviors That Build Trust:
  • Respect the confidentiality of your relationship
  • Recognize and respect your partner’s ideas, even though you don’t agree with them.
  • Respond to his/her statements/questions to his/her satisfaction before introducing another topic.
  • “Walk your talk”—deliver what you promise!
coaching behaviors
Coaching Behaviors…
  • Modeling instruction and self-reflection
  • Sharing relevant experiences, examples and strategies
  • Opening new avenues by which partners can, through reflection and practice, take responsibility for improving their practice
socratic questioning
Socratic Questioning
  • The method of Socrates is a search for the underlying assumptions which may subconsciously shape one’s opinion, and to make them the subject of scrutiny, to determine their consistency with other beliefs.
  • The basic form is a series of questions formulated as tests of logic and fact intended to help a person or group discover their beliefs about some topic. This method is designed to help a person further their understanding of themselves and their practices.
socratic questioning strategies
Socratic Questioning Strategies
  • Look at the guiding question you created for the last activity.
  • What kind of Socratic question did you use?
architecture of accomplished teaching
Architecture of Accomplished Teaching
  • Read your scenario and explore the Enhanced Architecture of Accomplished Teaching Diagram
  • Where is the scenario teacher on the diagram?
  • What should she/he do differently?
  • What Socratic type question could you ask to help the teacher?

The Enhanced Architecture of Accomplished Teaching


Your Students -

Who are they?

Where are they now?

What do they need and

when do they need it?

Where should I begin?

Set new high and worthwhile goals that are appropriate for thesestudents at this time.

Reflect on student learning, the

effectiveness of instructional design,

particular concerns and issues.

Provide timely, meaningful feedback to students about their level of accomplishment of the targeted goals

Evaluate student learning

in light of the goals and

the instruction.

Set high, worthwhile goals

appropriate for these students,

at this time, in this setting.

Five Core Propositions

Teachers are committed to students and their learning

Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects

to students

Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning

Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from


Teachers are members of learning communities

Design and Implement instruction

designed to attain these goals.

Einhorn 2006

part 2 writing for nbpts
Part 2 - Writing for NBPTS
  • Ethics
  • Review of Descriptive, Analytical & Reflective Writing
  • Complete the highlighting activity
ethics related to mentoring for writing
Refer to “Ethical Issues in NBPTS” (Guidelines for Ethical Candidate Support)

“The responsibility of developing and completing the certification materials always rests with the candidate.”

Mentors cannot share their own entries.

Candidates cannot falsify, copy or share information for use in portfolio entries.

Mentors are not assessors.

Report violations to NBPTS (1-800-22TEACH)

Ethics Related to Mentoring for Writing
writing for the national board process
Writing for the National Board Process
  • Descriptive
  • Analytical
  • Reflective
evidence accomplished vs lacking
Evidence: Accomplished vs. Lacking
  • Create the Socratic questions that would have guided this candidate from a lacking to an accomplished response.
writing tools for candidates
Writing Tools for Candidates
  • Instructional context

vs. contextual information

  • Model of Instructional Context
  • Sentence stems
  • Adding value
mentoring for documented accomplishments overview
Mentoring for Documented Accomplishments Overview
  • Ethics Related to Documented Accomplishments
  • Teacher as communicator with students family and community
  • Teacher as leader/collaborator
  • Teacher as learner
  • Tools for candidates
ethics related to documented accomplishments
Ethics Related to Documented Accomplishments
  • Refer to “Ethical Issues in NBPTS” (Guidelines for Ethical Candidate Support)
  • “Candidates alone are solely responsible for their certification materials”
  • Cannot “falsify or fabricate evidence”
  • Report violations to 1-800-22TEACH

Three “Lenses” for Viewing Professional Accomplishments

  • Leader/collaborator
  • Learner
  • Communicator with family and community
tools for candidates
Tools for Candidates
  • Breaking Down the Entry
  • Practical Tips for Getting Started…
  • Guidelines for Documented


  • Guide for Collaborative


  • How to Document Your


  • Documented Accomplishments:

Contributions to Student Learning

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence
  • Checklist for Entry 4 Descriptions
responding to candidate s writing
Responding to Candidate’s Writing
  • Look for ……
          • Thorough description
          • Language of NBPTS standards
          • Significance evidence
          • Proof of student learning
  • Write Socratic questions that would guide the candidate.
closure reflection
Closure & Reflection
  • Add comments to column 3 on the coach’s self-assessment form.
  • Complete 1 post-it note for each of the following:
    • Burning Question
    • Muddy Idea
    • Best Idea
overview day 2

Overview - Day 2

  • De-brief
  • Ethical Issues
  • Mentoring for Video Analysis
  • Mentoring for Student Work Analysis
  • Mentoring for Assessment Center Exercises
part 4 importance of ethics
Part 4: Importance of Ethics
  • Signed agreement
  • You may not show candidates your portfolio entries.
  • You may not tell candidates questions you observed on the assessment center test.
  • Watch what you say…when in doubt contact NBRC or 1-800-22-TEACH for help/advice.
part 5 mentoring for video analysis
Part 5: Mentoring for Video Analysis

NBCTs will be able to:

  • Identify facilitation strategies to analyze videotapes.
  • Identify the connection between rubric, standards and evidence.
  • Identify strategies to examine written commentaries and videotapes for evidence of the rubric and standards.
videotape quiz
Videotape Quiz
  • So how much do you know… Take the quiz to find out!
process for video analysis
Process for Video Analysis
  • Review the “Strategies for Groups to View Videotapes”
  • Whole group Video Viewing Exercise
tools for candidates1
Tools for Candidates
  • Video notes
  • Breaking Down the Entry
  • Scoring guide analysis
  • Tools for gathering evidence
  • Reflection
guiding candidates through the architecture of accomplished teaching
Guiding Candidates through the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching
  • Food for Thought
  • Context of a Student
  • Aligning Instruction and Assessment to Goals
  • Evidence of Student Learning
  • Providing Feedback
providing feedback to candidates for analysis of student work
Providing Feedback to Candidates for Analysis of Student Work
  • Read the portfolio instructions and scoring guide for the sample portfolio entry.
  • Create Socratic questions to guide the candidate.
  • Discuss your results with a partner.
mentoring for assessment center exercises overview
Mentoring for Assessment Center Exercises Overview
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Mentor Roles for Assessment Center Preparation
  • Working Agenda
  • Resources
  • See NBRC website:

ethical considerations for assessment center mentoring
Ethical Considerations for Assessment Center Mentoring
  • Assessment Center Confidentiality Statement
  • Cautions for Candidates
assessment center kwl for mentors
Assessment Center KWL for Mentors
  • Individually, respond to the wall chart “What Do We Already Know?” using 1 or 2 yellow post-its (1 idea per post-it).
  • Individually, respond to the wall chart “What Do We Need to Find Out” using 1 or 2 blue post-its (1 idea per post-it).

Brainstorm…1. How is writing for assessment center exercises different from portfolio writing?2. How can you help candidates prepare?

assessment center working agenda review
Assessment Center Working Agenda Review
  • Use internet access to pull up agenda and show NBCTs where to find it.
  • Briefly review the assessment center working agendas.
  • Read directions and discuss how the prompts are derived from the exercise description and rubric.
assessment center resources
Assessment Center Resources
  • Assessment Center KWR
  • Helpful Hints for Candidates…
assessment center resources1
Assessment Center Resources

  • Online schedule
  • Assessment center tour
  • Assessment Center Tutorial

-assessment center tutorial with timer


A facilitator is “one who gets others to understand the task(s) and then motivates them to do the work.”

Chicago Public Schools,

Facilitators’ Resource Guide

reflect on this training
Reflect on this Training
  • What worked?
  • What do you need?
  • Other comments?