National Board Certification
Well over 150 teachers, counselors, and administrators have achieved the distinction of National Board Certification in our district. Support offerings include:
- Full reimbursement of tuition to attend WEA’s Jump Start and Home Stretch institutes.
- Assigned NBCT mentor to read and give feedback on your work.
- Membership in a support cohort. Facilitated by an NBCT, this cohort is free to district teachers.
- District conditional grant of $475. In return, teachers must agree to mentor future candidates for up to two years.
Recent National Board Network News
Five teachers celebrated for National Board Certification
Five teachers were celebrated at a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards pinning ceremony and reception on Dec. 6. Harrison Prep’s Nina Lary-Kimmel and Park Lodge’s Thomas Serrraine achieved the distinction for the first time, while Beachwood’s Leah Bearden and Clover Park’s Ron Olson and Kitti Wheeler were recognized for renewing their certification.
Superintendent Debbie LeBeau opened the event with a speech describing the significance of the certification. “National Board Certification is the highest teaching credential in our profession,” she remarked.
LeBeau reported that more than 80% of studies done on student achievement show that students of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) outperformed those of their non-certified colleagues. According to LeBeau, studies also show that NBCTs are especially effective with special needs and minority students. There are currently 96 NBCTs in Clover Park School District, with an anticipated 40 more to submit portfolios in spring 2017.
National Board Program Revision
The NBPTS revised and improved its certification process beginning with the 2014-15 cycle. Requirements were streamlined while still maintaining high Board standards. The four required components are:
- Content Knowledge (Computer-Based Testing)
- Differentiation in Instruction (Written Entry)
- Teaching Practice and Learning Environment (Written Entry)
- Reflective and Effective Practitioner (Written Entry)
The price of the overall assessment was likewise reduced, from $2500 to $1900. And finally, with respect to a teacher’s demanding schedule, the timeline to complete Boards was extended by two full years. Teachers work on individual components and then submit each one separately over the span of three years.
Note: Teachers still receive the OSPI $5000 - $10,000 annual bonus for ten years.
How Do I Get Started?
Talk with your building principal and secure his/her permission to join the program. Discuss your plans on how to manage attending the weekly National Board support cohort with other building obligations. Cohorts meet most Tuesdays, from 4:00 to 6:00, and attendance is mandatory. To initiate the Principal Approval process, email Jan Lonsway at email@example.com.
Visit the National Board Website and read the standards, review program eligibility requirements, and--when you are confident to begin--register as a National Board Candidate. Familiarize yourself with this website; the entire program is housed here. The non-refundable out-of-pocket application fee is $75.
Online registration for our free district support cohort opens on May 3 on Teacher Academy. Meeting dates start in September.
Cohort membership is free to district teachers, as space allows. In return, teachers must commit, upon certification, to mentoring a new and upcoming candidate. Teachers need three years of teaching experience and principal approval to begin the process.
Attend the required four-day WEA National Board Jump Start Institute over the summer. Slots fill up quickly, so register as soon as the window opens, in mid-spring. Click here to register.
Jump Start is an intensive summer institute sponsored by WEA that is geared for teachers pursuing National Board certification. Participants get a leg up on the process by learning important information about the entire certification process.
Note: attending Jump Start during the summer prior to beginning certification is a requirement of all teachers who plan to participate in the district support cohort. Tuition is reimbursed by CPSD upon successful attendance. All travel and hotel expenses must be paid out-of-pocket by candidates. Register using the link above, and pay tuition via personal credit card. After attendance, submit proof of payment along with proof of attendance to Teaching and Learning for full reimbursement.
District National Board Conditional Grant
Candidates who complete and submit their first component are eligible for a $475 conditional grant. To claim this grant, submit a Reimbursement Claim Form, along with receipt of payment, to Teaching and Learning. In return, candidates must commit, upon certification, to mentoring future district candidates for up to two years.
OSPI National Board Conditional Loan
Qualified candidates may apply for a conditional loan from OSPI in the amount of $1,425. Upon successful certification, the loan amount is taken out of your first annual bonus. To be eligible, candidates must enroll in an OSPI-approved support cohort. (Note: CPSD's support cohort is OSPI-approved).
Click here to learn more.
National Board Scoring Opportunity
Want yet another leg-up on the process before beginning? Consider scoring for NBPTS to learn how the rubrics and standards are used to evaluate candidate writing and evidence.
Click here to learn more.
National Board Salary Bonus
As of 2013-14, teachers who hold a valid certificate from NBPTS for the entire duration of the school years will receive an annual bonus of $5,090. Upon initial certification, teachers will receive 60% of the annual bonus, or $3,054. Bonuses are distributed by August of each year.
NBCTs in a qualifying challenging school will receive an additional bonus of up to $5,000.
Click here to see a current list of qualifying district school
National Board Network Mission Statement
In service to our profession, our mission is to improve the quality of education in our community via mentoring resident teachers towards National Board Certification, sharing professional ideas and expertise, and strengthening regional collaboration among peers, community, and policy makers.
District National Board Network Members