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Orientations for National Teacher Certification Offered

Educators looking to pursue national board certification have the opportunity to learn more about the process. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, however, and the need for social distancing, the orientation has moved from being a singular event.

“For the health of us all, our annual State Farm orientation event is being offered to smaller groups at a variety of venues this year,” said Alvin Peters, Director of the Great Plains Center for National Teacher Certification. “We worked with interested teachers across Kansas to find the best places and times that met the recommended guidelines.”

The orientations will be held:

  • August 28 (10am-5pm) & 29 (8am-4pm) in Emporia
  • September 4 (10am-5pm) & 5 (8am-4pm) in Emporia
  • September 11 (10am-5pm) & 12 (8am-4pm) in Emporia
  • September 18 (10am-5pm) & 19 (8am-4pm) in Manhattan
  • October 2 (10am-5pm) & 3 (8am-4pm) in Western Kansas

National Board Certified Teachers looking to renew their licenses may attend an orientation geared to them on September 26 in Emporia.

To sign up to attend and get more specific information, contact Peters at To learn more about the process of becoming a national board certified teacher, visit

The GPCNTC is a program of the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence at Emporia State University. Teachers mentored through GPCNTC have an estimated a 78% initial certification rate over the past 14 years. This is nearly twice the national initial certification rate of 40%.