NBCT: Plunge Workshop


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Agency: CESA 4
Agency Contact: Nicole Cooksey
Agency Assistant: Sally Weber (608) 786-4831
Location: CESA #4
923 East Garland Street
West Salem, WI 54669
Facility: Heritage A/B
11/4/2017 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM 8:30 Registration and Breakfast

The Plunge Workshop is an extremely powerful, full day workshop recommended before or during the early stages of National Board Certification Candidacy.  The presentation is divided into four distinctive sections- one for each of the four components required for national board certification. 

Why is enrolling in Plunge, crucial?  Simply stated, National Board Certification is an unrelentingly arduous process requiring candidates understand precisely what they need to display in their practice and how to correctly write about it. Although candidates are provided ample instructions, the underlying philosophy required to certify, is not overtly given. 

Why is this?  National Boards believes part of the certification process is investigatory in nature.  Plunge is completely committed to assisting candidates explore, cipher and apply this somewhat “hidden” agenda to their practice and certification process.  Plunge is the gold standard for educators wanting to deepen their practice and seek this elite certification. 

Who Should Attend?  Because National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is committed to honoring and improving teacher practice across the nation, Plunge is appropriate for any professional educator whose career impacts the learning of classroom students.  This list includes and is not limited to:  NBCT candidates; Team teachers wanting to unify their practices; Educational leaders seeking a solid professional development opportunity for teachers; Beginning teachers seeking support; Teacher who are considering national board candidacy. 

What are the clear-cut objectives for Plunge?  Offer candidates a solid introduction to each of the four components required for certification

  • Attendees will engage in strategic activities to uncover the underlying agenda national boards requires for certification; clear discussion of these requirements will follow
  • Attendees will be exposed to the complete array of content and pedagogical professional standards, targeted by the nation’s leading educators
  • Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask clarifying questions about candidacy and the narrative-scholarly writing matrix required throughout the components

Participants should bring their own laptop or device.

Event cost $150 

Teacher Standards
WES1The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for pupils.
WES2The teacher understands how children with broad ranges of ability learn and provides instruction that supports their intellectual, social, and personal development.
WES3The teacher understands how pupils differ in their approaches to learning and the barriers that impede learning and can adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of pupils, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities.
WES4The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including the use of technology to encourage children’s development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
WES5The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
WES6The teacher uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques as well as instructional media and technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
WES7The teacher organizes and plans systematic instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, pupils, the community, and curriculum goals.
WES8The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the pupil.
WES9The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effect of his or her choices and actions on pupils, parents, professionals in the learning community and others and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
WES10The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support pupil learning and well being and who acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.
EP Teacher
TPES1Standard 1: Professional Knowledge
TPES2Standard 2: Instructional Planning
TPES3Standard 3: Instructional Delivery
TPES4Standard 4: Assessment For and Of Learning
TPES5Standard 5: Learning Environment
TPES6Standard 6: Professionalism
DPI Teacher
DD1Domain 1 : Planning and Preparation
DD2Domain 2 : The Classroom Environment
DD3Domain 3 : Instruction
DD4Domain 4 : Professional Responsibilities
EP Educational Specialist
ESPES1Standard 1: Professional Knowledge
ESPES2Standard 2: Communication and Collaboration
ESPES3Standard 3: Assessment
ESPES4Standard 4: Program Planning and Management
ESPES5Standard 5: Program Delivery
ESPES6Standard 6: Professionalism
Participant Cancellation Policy: You must contact CESA #4 to cancel attendance one week prior to the scheduled event. CESA #4 will only provide full refund of registration fees depending on individual circumstances. Refunds depend upon the ability of CESA #4 to cancel any financial obligations created by the registration such as meals, materials, etc. CESA #4 reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by e-mail or phone if a workshop is cancelled. If a participant is a 'no show' the school will be billed for the registration fee, or loss of the 'free' attendance slot.

Weather Conditions: If a workshop has been cancelled due to weather conditions, every effort will be made to reschedule the workshop. If weather conditions are questionable, please call CESA #4 Voice Mail at (608) 786-4800; Toll Free (800) 514-3075. A message will be posted regarding workshop weather cancellations.

Other Helpful Hints: Room temperatures vary from one workshop location to another, so bring a jacket or sweater for maximum comfort.

Accommodations: If you need an accommodation to participate including interpreter services (sign language or other spoken language) please email the workshop contact to set up these services. A two-week notice is appreciated.