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 9 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/availability of your group
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Kick-Off Events: A kick-off event is considered the first cohort meeting for each component and there are two offerings: October 5, 2021 or October 7, 2021 at 4:30-7:430pm. These will be held via Zoom and you can earn up to 3 free clock hours.
Foundations: Tentative date of October 12, 2021 from 4:30-7:30pm held via Zoom. Registration open soon. Foundations is required for anyone using the OSPI loan who didn't attend WEA's JumpStart and is recommended for any candidate who did not attend JumpStart.
I'm interested in National Board certification, how can I learn more? If you were able to attend WEA Jump Start, you're off to a great start! If not, you can have a condensed version at a locally hosted Foundation event. If you're on the fence, you may want to ask some questions to decide if now's the right time. 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 Microsoft Forms and can be found here. 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 identical offerings during the first week of October 2021 (via Zoom). Registration for kick-off is separate. Exact cohort dates will be set once candidates are placed with a facilitator (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 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 entitled to a refund for that component.