National Board

National Board Network

National Board Program Overview

National Board Certification (NBC) is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure. Successful candidates complete a portfolio of best teaching practices consisting of the following four components:

  1. Content Knowledge (Computer-Based Testing)
  2. Differentiation in Instruction (Written Entry)
  3. Teaching Practice and Learning Environment (Written Entry)
  4. Reflective and Effective Practitioner (Written Entry)

Mission Statement

In service to our profession, our mission is to improve the quality of education in our community via mentoring educators towards National Board Certification, sharing professional ideas and expertise, and strengthening regional collaboration among peers, community, and policy makers.

Recent National Board Network News

CPSD has one of the highest percentages of National Board Certificated teachers in Pierce County.

Since 2005, nearly 300 CPSD staff have achieved National Board Certification in our district. Support offerings include:

  • Full reimbursement of tuition to attend WEA’s Jump Start and Home Stretch institutes.
  • Full reimbursement of tuition to attend cohort training, facilitated by an NBCT
  • District conditional grant of $475.

How Clover Park Supports NB Candidates?

  1. By early spring, visit the National Board Website. Registration opens in April. The non-refundable out-of-pocket application fee is $75.
  2. Register for the required four-day WEA National Board Jump Start Institute Registration opens in April. WEA Jump Start Website
  3. Register and attend cohort training. Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP)

*Note: attending Jump Start during the summer prior to beginning certification is a requirement of all teachers who plan to participate in the support cohort training. Tuition for both Jump Start and cohort training is reimbursed by CPSD. All travel and hotel expenses must be paid out-of-pocket by candidates and is not reimbursable. Submit proof of payment along with proof of attendance to Teaching and Learning for full tuition 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.  

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.Learn more about conditional loans.

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.Learn more about scoring opportunities.

National Board Salary Bonus

Teachers who hold a valid certificate from the National Board during the entire 2022–23 school year will receive an annual bonus of $6,019 to be paid in a lump sum amount. Teachers in qualifying high poverty schools will receive an additional bonus up to $5,000. This additional bonus is based on the teacher’s percentage of time spent at the qualifying high poverty school. WAC 392-140-973(3) provides additional guidance on eligibility criteria.

See a current list of qualifying district school offering bonuses

For Further Information:

Contact Ashlie Short at [email protected]