Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

National Board Certification

Certification Overview

National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

National Board Certification in Highline

Highline is an OSPI approved support provider for National Board Candidates. Pursuing National Board Certification is a voluntary process for teachers who have taught for 3 or more years. Here are more facts to know about the process in Highline:

  • More than 185 Highline teachers have achieved certification.
  • There 25 Certificate areas are available.
  • Highline provides a financial support package as described in the Section 18.4 of the CBA.
  • Highline Cohorts are facilitated by state trained Highline teacher leaders who are NBCT certified.
  • To complete the process teachers submit 4 Components, consisting of a content assessment and 3 written portfolios.
  • 13% of Highline Teachers are National Board Certified. 
  • Loans are available through OSPI.  

National Board Certification in Washington

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) recognizes Washington as a model state in recruitment, retention and support of candidates. Washington has a low attrition rate, high candidate volume, high quality candidate support and quality mentor training, as evidenced by the high achievement rate for first-time candidates. The NBPTS 2018 report stated that Washington is: 

  • 1st in the country in new NBCTs (854, 7 years in a row)
  • 2nd in renewed NBCTs (775) 
  • 2rd in percentage of teachers who are NBCTs (18.74%)
  • 3rd in total number of NBCTs (10,864) There are 122,155 Nationally
  • 9th highest applicant volume in country
  • Lowest attrition rate in the country (9 percent)

Washington's attrition rate for candidates in Title I (high poverty) schools is much lower than that for non-Title I schools.

News & Announcements

Registration is now open for the 2019  WEA National Board Jump Start. It is recommended at all new candidates attend. All Candidates attending Highline Cohorts or who are applying for the OSPI National Board Loan must attend Jump Start or a District Foundations course. 

Member cost:  $250

WEA Jump Start Registration

  • June 25 - June 28, 2019: Pasco, WA  -- register
  • July 29 - Aug. 1, 2019: Vancouver, WA  -- register
  • August 5-8, 2019: Auburn, WA - register   

Becoming a Candidate

For more information on choosing your certificate area and information on registering with National Boards go to the National Board Certified Teachers website to begin your journey.

National Board Information Sessions will be offered at Central Office from 4:15-5:15 for Teachers and Counselors interested in pursuing National Board Certification in the 2019-2020 school year.

Information Session Dates: 

  • April 29 
  • April 30
  • May 23
  • June 3
  • September 24
  • September 30

Cohorts for the 2019-20 school year opened in June. Please sign up on the PD calendar.

If you have questions please contact Barbara Edwards.


Retake Candidates

In the 2018-19 school year, financial support for retake candidates is available. Please contact Damaris Amaya or Barbara Edwards for directions on submitting paperwork. All Requests must be received by Thursday, June 13th. 

Are you doing retakes next year and want to talk to a facilitator? Please contact Barbara Edwards 

Retake Cohort dates for the 2019-20 school year will be announced in the fall, and be held from January to May. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 New NBCT's

 Alison Thomas, Amanda Eastgard, Angela Hays, Ashley Wyman, Beverly Pecoraro, Bianca Longbucco, Candace Foland, Colleen Thomas-Reitsma, Cynthia Hamar, Edissa Jaramillo, Beth Milstid, Emily black, Haley Melo, Jairo Garcia, James Roach, Janae Williams, Jemma Lee, Jennifer Trujillo, Jessica Scheele, Jon Thumim, Kathryn Derrah, Katie Haynes, Kelsey Bidwell, Nathaniel Walker, Nicole Flynn, Ryan Bunda, Sarah Ruppert, Sarah Butler, Shawn Connolly, Spencer Flanagan, Taylor Blue, Yuliya Arkhipchuk, Zharina Angeles

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Renewed NBCT's

Michele Brees, Deanne Conrad, Richard Dunn, Mackenzie Ellis, Marisa Gaalema, Anne Green, Michael Gudor, Claudia House, Pamela Lind, Patricia Nielsen, Richard Roths, Jacob Savishinsky, Amanda Schmidt, Matthew Smith