Board of Examiner Training for State Contacts

Board of Examiners members are selected through an extensive process that identifies and trains qualified individuals to make judgments about the quality of professional education units in colleges and universities. Members of the Board of Examiners represent all facets of the preparation of professional educators including personnel in higher education institutions, practicing teachers and other school personnel, board of education members, and personnel of state agencies responsible for teacher education.

Constituent organizations nominate Board members on the basis of demonstrated expertise in professional education, teaching, research and/or evaluation. Members are skilled in evaluation techniques such as the interpretation of data, the use of rating scales and questionnaires, interviewing and observation techniques, reading and analyzing narrative information, writing observations and evaluations, and, foremost, making qualified judgments about professional education units.

All BOE members are initially appointed to three-year terms. BOE members may be reappointed for a second three-year term.

Membership on the BOE is contingent upon the successful completion of training.  Members make a commitment to serve on 2 – 3 on site review teams each year.

Participants are evaluated during the week by peers, and by experienced BOE members who serve as trainers (cadre leaders). Training includes lecture sessions as well as small group work; full participation at all sessions is required. In addition, there will be written “homework” assignments during the week. Potential BOE members must demonstrate skills in gathering data and clearly documenting their findings in writing. Because the Board of Examiners report is one of the most important pieces of information used in making accreditation decisions, it is critical that BOE members have strong writing and computer skills.

General Schedule for the BOE Training

(Training begins either Saturday or Sunday)

Saturday or Sunday Evening

6:00 - 7:00


7:00 - 7:45

NCATE and Quality Teaching

7:45 - 9:30

Community Building & Overview of the Week

Sunday or Monday

8:00 - 9:30

Cadre Orientation

9:45 - 10:45

The NCATE Standards

10:45 - 2:00

The Team Product: The BOE Report

2:00 - 3:00


3:00 - 4:00

The Use of Technology in Planning & Conducting Visits

4:00 - 5:30

Review of Exhibits

Monday or Tuesday

8:00 - 9:30

Diversity and Multicultural Education

9:30 - 11:00

Performance Assessment

11:00 - 3:00

Simulation of Sunday Team Meeting

3:00 - 4:30

Strategies for Interviewing

4:30 - 9:00

Planning the Simulation of the On-site Visit & Reviewing Exhibits

Tuesday or Wednesday

8:00 - 5:00

Simulation of the On-site Visit

Wednesday or Thursday

8:00 - 3:00

Simulation of Tuesday Team Meeting & Writing the Report

3:00 - 3:30

Dialogue with UAB Members

3:30 - 4:00

Exit Conference/Review of Findings

4:00 - 6:00

Rest & Relaxation

6:00 -

Celebration Dinner

Thursday or Friday

9:00 - 9:30

State Partnerships/Working with State Representatives

9:30 - 10:45

Difference between Initial & Continuing Visits

10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 11:45

Questions and Answers

State Representatives Have Two Options If They Wish to Participate in BOE Training:

  1. Become a Member of the NCATE BOE. Membership includes a commitment to volunteering for 2-3 on-site institutional reviews each year. Training expenses are covered by NCATE.  State policy makers must be nominated by the CCSSO in order to be invited to a BOE training.

  2. Attend BOE Training as an Observer. No volunteer commitment is necessary, expenses are paid by the state and attendance is dependent on available openings. 

Please contact Shari Francis, Vice President of State Relations at or 202-416-6182 for more information about either of these options.

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