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How It Began
SEVA NBCT Regional Network began in the early 2000's when a group of National Board Certified teachers in Chesapeake were driven by the shared belief that the National Board Certification process was an important professional growth experience that positively impacted student learning. These teachers sought to build a network that would support candidates for certification and provide professional development and leadership opportunities to current NBCTs.
What is National Board Certification?
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization which administers the certification process. In the National Board Certification process, educators complete four modules designed to evaluate their accomplished mastery of content and pedagogy. The process is founded on 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 experience.
Teachers are members of learning communities.
Who We Are
Our organization serves Virginia's Region 2, or Tidewater Region, as defined by the Virginia Department of Education. Our membership includes educators within the region as well as affiliate members who live beyond our region but support our mission.
In 2011, SEVA NBCT Regional Network became a registered entity in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we are currently a 501c3 not-for-profit educational organization.
Who Can Become an NBCT?
NBPTS currently offers certification in about 25 different certificate areas. Certificate designations are based on the curriculum area or content and on the age group of the students served.
The National Board Certification process is voluntary and is NOT equivalent to licensure to teach in a given state.
To learn more about the certification process, contact us using the email form above, or visit the NBPTS website for more information.
SEVA Partners with VWU
to Support Candidates
Virginia Wesleyan University, in partnership with SEVA, is developing online courses to support candidates in their pursuit of National Board Certification. These courses are entirely online and run for only 7 weeks. Each is one credit and tuition reimbursement may apply since the courses provide strong professional development even if you are not currently a National Board candidate. Each course costs $399. The courses are being written by SEVA members and two classes are currently up and running.
In The News
Nominations for Executive Board Positions Being Accepted Now
Our Annual General Business meeting will be held in the fall. We plan to meet virtually after the Fall Conference, which is also virtual. We will have elections for the positions of President, 2nd Vice President, and Treasurer in our usual rotation of two-year terms. To nominate another, or yourself, please contact our President, Dr. Karen Nelson, at . Nominations must be received by September 30, 2020.
Fall 2020 Conference
SEVA is tentatively planning a Fall Conference for late October or early November. This will be a virtual event! We are open to ideas and volunteers to help create this new format. If you would like to contribute ideas or expertise, email us:
Become a Member!
Become a SEVA member to stay current on National Board-related topics and to have access to unique professional growth opportunities, conferences and more.
I knew I didn’t want to leave the classroom, but I was ready for a challenge. National Board certification piqued my interest...I thought I was a pretty good teacher, but could I prove it? I did! And the process changed my teaching forever!
— Nancy, Chesapeake
Retired Math Teacher
National Board was the best way to reflect on the teacher I was and articulate the teacher I wanted to continue to strive to be. It’s so important for teachers to be treated as the professionals they are. The National Board process was a way to highlight my skills and show others how serious I am about my profession.
— Lauren, Williamsburg
Previous Region 2 Teacher of the Year
The certification process is simply the best professional development I've experienced. Being an NBCT has opened doors to opportunity and networking relationships I would not have had otherwise.
The National Board Certification process has enabled me to improve my teaching and have a greater impact on the lives of my students. In addition, the certification enabled me become a better leader in my division and school.
— Carey, Newport News
Third Grade Teacher