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 a decade 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

  • SPS employees can use cohort hours toward paid PERT hours

  • 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

Registration for 2023-2024 has closed. 

WEA is holding free trainings in March and April for those considering certification. Read more here. 

Looking for information on maintenence of certificate? WEA has courses for that in February and March 2023. Read more here

Upcoming Dates:

2023-2024 Cohort Groups: Cohorts are underway for the year! If you are looking to join still, please email aposton@washingtonea.org to see if a late placement is possible. Otherwise, please plan on joining us for 2024-2025 cohorts by filling out this interest form to stay updated. 

WEA Free Information Sessions: WEA is holding free trainings in March and April 2024 for those considering certification. Read more here. 

2024-2025 Cohorts: Now that 2023-2024 groups are underway, you may want to consider starting next year for full cohort support through SEA and WEA, including WEA information sessions this winter, WEA JumpStart in summer 2024 and signing up for SEA cohorts which kick-off again in October 2024. 

SEA  Free Information Session: TBD in June 2024. This free, one hour (approximately) session will help answer questions about the certification process, including timing, costs and support options. We'll provide information about SEA's cohort support program and how it has benefitted so many candidates. 

FAQs:

I'm interested in National Board certification, how can I learn more?  If you were able to attend WEA Jumpstart in summer 2023, you'll be off to a wonderful start! If not, may want to attend a WEA information session this winter and WEA Jumpstart in the summer of 2024 then join SEA cohorts in Fall 2024. SEA also plans to host an information night toward the end of the 23-24 school year.

Who can register for SEA's cohorts? Any WEA member in the Spokane-area. This means Spokane EA members and members of neighboring local associations. 

How do I register? Registration will be online but we have closed registration for 2023-2024 cohorts. Please email Amy Poston if you'd like to inquire about joining late. You can fill out this interest form to recieve updates for 2024-2025 cohorts. 

What are the cohort meeting schedules? 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 for 2023-2024: $100 for Component 1 workshop, $190 for each of Components 2, 3 and 4 and $90 for Foundations (for those who did not attend JumpStart). 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 eligible for a refund for that component. 

Resources 

2024-2025 Interest Form

2023-2024 Program Outline, Calendar & Policies

Cohort Fee Schedule 2023-2024

Have questions on the National Boards process? Email Laura Treece or visit the National Boards website  Questions about cohorts can be directed to Amy Poston at SEA at aposton@washingtonea.org.