Learn more about our National Board support program

Spokane Education Association offers cohorts for members pursuing their National Boards Certification. The cohorts have been around for over 7 years now and have been very successful moving candidates to their NB Certification.  Here are a few highlights of SEA’s Cohorts:

  • SEA is OSPI approved

  • Our facilitators are state-trained (with OSPI) and they are also WEA members

  • FREE clock hours earned during cohort sessions for members

  • Low candidate-to-facilitator ratio

  • Expense is quite less than a local college/university (see fee schedule below)

  • Cohort meeting schedules are determined by the needs/availibilty of your group

Click here to fill out an interest form for 2021-2022!

Upcoming Dates:

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June 15, 2021: SEA Information Night for National Board Certification (REGISTER HERE): This event is intended for those who may join Spokane EA's cohorts in 2021-2022. Please look at WEA's information nights if you are not in the Spokane-area. 

FAQs:

I'm interested in National Board certification, how can I learn more? Please attend SEA's Information Night on June 15, 2021 to cover the basics and learn whether or not it's the right path or time for you. If you plan to puruse this, you are STRONGLY encouraged to attend WEA's Jump Start program this summer. This is a highly reccomended program with great success rates. Read more and register for WEA Jump Start here. Please be sure to fill out our interest form to stay updated. 

Who can register for SEA's cohorts? Anyone in the Spokane-area. We will work with folks who are not WEA members but the cohort fees are much less for members. You do not have to be a Spokane EA member to participate, many of our candidates are in neighboring districts in the Spokane area. 

How do I register? Registration is online via Google Forms and registration will open in Summer 2021. Eventually, you will have to register via the WEA Professional Development Network to earn clock hours (more detail on this will be emailed to registered participants). Any other time, you can fill out an interest form on this webpage to stay updated for the following year. 

What are the cohort meeting schedules? 2021-2022 cohorts for components 2,3 and 4 kick off together during two indentical offerings during the first week of October 2021 (tentatively scheduled in-person at the SEA office). Registration for kick-off is separate. Exact cohort dates will be set once candidates are placed with a faciliator (placement will take place following the kick-off meetings). See an example calendar under "resources" below for approximate dates, meetings run from October-April. Meeting locations will vary.

What are the cohort fees? Your fees to participate in cohorts are separate from fees paid to National Board. WEA member fees for 2021-2022 are as follows: $100 for Component 1, $190 for each of Components 2, 3 and 4 and $90 for Foundations (for those who did not attend JumpStart). Fees are less for members of the association. A fee schedule is available below under "resources".

If I change my mind about cohorts, can I get a refund? Yes, refunds can be processed on a pro-rated basis depending on the number of meetings attended. If you attend more than 2 meetings for a component (inclusive of kick-off), you are not entittled to a refund for that component. 

Cohorts for 2020-2021 ended in Spring 2021.

Click here to fill out an interest form for 2021-2022!

Resources 

2020-2021 Cohort Registration 

2020-2021 Program Outline, Calendar & Policies

2020-2021 Fee Schedule

Have questions on the National Boards process? Email Laura Treece or visit the National Boards website