The National Board ECYA-SC Component 3 Portfolio Instructions were released in October 2015. It has taken me a long time as an NB facilitator to wrap my brain around the process even after thorough training from our state National Board trainers. It’s quite different from Component 2. I like it! Here are four important C-3 criteria that I have learned.
1. C-3 gives you a chance to showcase your school counseling work in 2 lessons.
2. Each lesson must be from a different unit of instruction.
- Each unit gives you the opportunity to show the breadth of your school counseling work. That means that you will want to show your ability to work with different numbers of students. So, one unit could feature a small group, another could be classroom or individual student. You will showcase one lesson from each unit.
3. The two videos combined must show the depth of your school counseling knowledge.
- That means that between the two videos you must show evidence of instruction from all three domains (academic, personal/social, and career). That’s a good thing because so often our work addresses competencies from more than one domain during a lesson. Here’s our chance to show it off.
4. Each lesson includes several specific pieces of evidence:
- one 10-15 minute video
- examples of your instructional materials
- completed Instructional Context Form and Instructional Planning Form
- a 2-page description of your school counseling and instructional planning
- a 4-page analysis and reflection written commentary.
-that means 6 pages of writing plus 2 completed forms plus copies of your instructional materials, plus one video…..for each focus lesson.
C-3 = 30% of your total NB score.
I love the C-3 focus. There are two aspects:
- First, showcase your ability to create a learning environment. Ensuring a safe, fair, equitable learning environment is so easy for school counselors. It’s our natural role. Add to that, “challenging”…and we’re off and running because our job is to teach those new skills to students that help them become a great learner.
- Second, showcase your school counseling and instructional practice. Once again, this is a chance to show our knowledge of those wonderfully useful school counseling theory-based strategies and techniques that we use with our students.
The bottom line is in your planning. Plan….plan…..plan. Think about identified need, 2 units, 2 focus lessons, lots of video. Think about time for analyzing, reflection, writing and rewriting.