National Board Certificate ~Lakewood and Stanwood-Camano Cohort Resources
Are you deciding between the ProTeach Portfolio and National Boards?
- As someone who has worked on both certifications, this facilitator recommends undertaking the ProTeach portfolio to obtain your Professional Certificate.The ProTeach Portfolio is modeled on the National Board process, and it was developed by the same testing companies. If you liked ProTeach process, National Boards may be for you, but if you hated it, at least you're certified. ProTeach (www.waproteach.com)
- If you pursue ProTeach, you are strenuously encouraged to attend WEA's Jump Start for ProTeach then also join a ProTeach cohort. WEA's ProTeach Portfolio Jump Start
If you have decided to pursue National Boards, here are the best steps to take.
- Go to www.nationalboardcertifiedteachers.org
- Determine a certificate that applies to your strengths, skills, and teaching assignment.
- Download and read the standards for that cert area. The standards are filled with look-fors and examples of accomplished teaching practices.
- Download the instructions for each component. Decide which of the components you will undertake (You are able to take the four components a la carte).
- Apply for OSPI's conditional loan. OSPI generously funds most of the fees for successful recipients. Use your EDS account to apply.
- Conditional Loan Information and Deadlines
- EDS Account Log-in (OSPI)
- If you receive the conditional loan, OSPI will require you to join a cohort. You may choose to join the cohort at Lakewood or Stanwood. Keep in mind that the district acts as a fiscal agent for the facilitator, and that per contract with OSPI, facilitators must be paid. The district also provides free clock hours to participants. The fees for facilitation are in line with other OSPI trained providers.
- If you want to join a cohort for candidate support, email Tina Patrick at Stanwood-Camano School District.
- Sign-up for WEA's National Board Jump Start. WEA Jump Start website.
- Jump Start includes OSPI's required "Foundations" training for candidates receiving the OSPI loan. It also offers many organizational and planning structures to help candidates succeed.
What is facilitation anyway? Why join a cohort?
Your facilitator can:
-Provide structures and differentiated lessons that guide your through candidacy
-Provide structures for feedback on videos and entries
-Support and follow the ethics all candidates agree to when enrolling in the process
-Remind candidates that their standards, instructions, and requirements are all their own responsibility. 1-800-22TEACH and the www.boardcertifiedteachers.org website are the only truly reliable resources.
-Read your best, nearly final, draft of each entry and provide structured feedback
-Start and stop meetings on time
Your facilitator can’t:
-Rate you on the rubric or predict whether you will certify
-Hold the cohort back because some candidates are not prepared; differentiation at that point will mean independent work to catch-up
You need to know:
-This process may require changes to your practice; these changes are for the better.
-This process is now designed for candidates to finish over the course of several years. During the phase in, candidates cannot finish in one year.
-Your facilitator’s feedback is no more informed than your cohort peers’, but it is more trained. Please provide each other your best critical perspective.
-Working in a cohort allows you to remember your own ideas, hear other ways of putting your practice into words, and improve your instruction through diverse collaboration (other grade levels, departments, disciplines).