Navigate the certification process

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  • Winter 2021 Certification Trainings

    Online Certification Trainings will be conducted through zoom.  You will recieve a follow-up email a few days prior to the event with zoom link information.

    Teacher Certification 101 (2 Clock Hours)

    Focuses on latest teacher certificate renewal requirements, policy changes, STEM renewal requirement, PGP basics, National Board basics, OSPI eCert platform.

    Audience: Teachers and CTE Teachers


    Educational Staff Associates (ESA) Certification 101 (2 Clock Hours)

    Focuses on latest ESA certificate renewal requirements, policy changes, OSPI eCert platform, PGP basics and ESA professional growth needs.

    Audience: Educational Staff Associates


    National Board Information Session (2 Clock Hours)

    Learn about the National Board 5 Core Propositions, content area standards and the four National Board components. Session covers current state incentives and candidate support options.

    Audience: Certificated educators


    Professional Growth Plan 1 (3 Clock Hours)

    Certificated educators can complete 1 PGP per year for 25 clock hours for certificate renewal and salary movement.  Session covers PGP basics, alignment with TPEP, meeting STEM requirement using PGPs and time to draft your PGP.

    Audience: All certificated educators


    Professional Growth Plan 2 (2 Clock Hours)

    In this session, participants participate in small-group sessions focused on individualized feedback on PGP drafts. Participants have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions around PGPs and then have work time to make edits.

    Audience: All certificated educators who have completed PGP #1


    Professional Growth Plan 3 (2 Clock Hours)

    In this final session, participants bring a completed PGP for final review.  The process facilitates possible sign-off of completed PGPs using a rubric.  Participants also explore the OSPI eCert platform for logging in their PGP/clock hours; they also review the steps for using PGPs for salary advancement.

    Audience: All certificated educators who have completed PGP #2


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  • WEA National Board Home Stretch

    WEA's National Board Home Stretch takes place just before the National Board portfolio is due, when candidates are getting ready to focus their attention on final revisions.

    At Home Stretch, small like-certificate groups meet with one NBCT Facilitator to read and provide standards-based feedback on the written commentary for Components 2, 3, or 4 using a specially designed protocol. We do our best to have NBCTs in the same certificate area as candidates; however, that’s not always possible based on registration numbers and facilitator availability.

    During the morning part of the agenda, candidates receive feedback on Component 2, 3 or 4 written commentary. In the afternoon segment, they can opt for feedback on a second component or testing center (Component 1) preparation.

    Supported Work Groups: Dedicated work time is also an option, staffed by NBCTs to answer questions and provide support.

    • Date: Saturday, April 24
    • Time: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (with 30-minute lunch break)
    • Format: Online via the Zoom platform
    • Structure: There will be two feedback opportunities – one in morning, one in the afternoon
    • Eligibility: This event will only be open to WEA members
    • Clock Hours: 6 hours for all day, 3 hours for one session (morning, afternoon)
    • Cost: $20 flat registration (morning and/or afternoon sessions)

    Click here to register!  Registration closes at 5 p.m. April 12.

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  • WEA National Board Maintenance of Certificate (MOC) Jump Start

    In 2020, the National Board introduced the requirements for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC). This Jump Start training guides participants through this process while collaborating with other National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). MOC Jump Start consists of two modules. Each module will be an interactive, three-hour virtual training. Participants can attend one or both modules.

    Module One provides a big picture approach to MOC. In this training, participants will network with other NBCTs, review the Five Core Propositions, and get an overview of the MOC process. They will also begin to plan their Professional Growth Experiences (PGEs). The objectives for Module 1 include:

    • Network with other MOC candidates from around the state, creating informal support structures for candidacy ahead
    • Understand the Five Core Propositions in depth to frame the upcoming MOC process
    • Obtain an Overview of the MOC requirements and process to inform next steps with certification
    • Plan possible PGEs to meet the MOC requirements

    Eligible clock hours: 4 hours

    Module Two is a close look at the MOC instructions to inform next steps with PGEs. The objectives for Module 2 include:

    • Share an early draft of a PGE with other NBCTs candidates to inform future revisions
    • Network with other MOC candidates from around the state, creating informal support structures for candidacy ahead
    • Participate in a close read of the MOC PGP requirements to develop a deep understanding of requirements
    • Analyze the MOC instructions, and make a plan for completing their MOC

    Eligible clock hours: 4 hours

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  • WEA National Board Maintenance of Certificate (MOC) Feedback and Support

    WEA's Renewal MOC Feedback and Support provides NBCTs the opportunity to share and get feedback on a draft of their Professional Growth Experiences (PGEs) using a structured feedback protocol. There will be work time to make PGE revisions.

    Time, Clock Hours and Cost Options

    • Date: Saturday, May 15
    • Time: 9 a.m.-Noon
    • Format: Online via the Zoom platform
    • Eligibility: This event will only be open to WEA members
    • Clock Hours: 3 hours
    • Cost: $20 flat registration (morning and/or afternoon sessions)

    Participants bring four copies of one draft and any supporting documents of either Component 2, Component 3 and/or Component 4. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., class begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon.

    Participants will share a copy of one draft MOC component, either Component One or Component Two.

    Click Here to Register!  Registration Closes at 5:00 on May 7, 2021.

  • Navigating Your Certification Options

    Go here to find out more about the National Board process and to register as a National Board candidate.

    Find out about earning and maintaining certification for:

    Find information for Future Educators

    And learn about Washington State Clock Hours

    State Agencies working with Certification