Jump Start toward National Board Certification

Dates:            May 26-29, 2020* (Postponement or cancellation is dependent on COVID-19 coronavirus status.)
Location:       University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA)

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION: Registration will be open from April 1- May 1, 2020. You may register by clicking HERE. (Please visit the NBPTS website prior to registering and review the document titled “Choosing the Right Certificate” to select your proper certificate area.)

NEA-Alaska Jump Start is a 4-day workshop that provides support for educators planning to pursue National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). National Board Certification (NBC) is recognized as a national standard of quality professional achievement. Jump Start is a key component of NEA-Alaska’s mission to provide quality public education for Alaskan children through continued development of its education professionals.

Jump Start, taught by National Board Certified teachers, is designed to prepare participants for the rigorous process of NBC through which they will describe, analyze and reflect upon their practice. Participants will become familiar with the foundation, components and requirements of NBC.

*Please keep in mind that due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic we cannot guarantee that this event will take place on these dates. NEA-Alaska prioritizes the safety of our members, trainers, and their families. We encourage members to register, but please understand that we may cancel, or reschedule this event depending on circumstances beyond our control.

This workshop is open to NEA-Alaska members and will be held at the University of Alaska, Anchorage campus.  

Note: Three years of teaching experience is required to apply for the National Board Certification assessment, but is not required to participate in Jump Start.

If more than 20 educators register for the course, a wait list will be created. Additionally, priority will be given to current National Board Certification candidates. 

Workshop Schedule: 8:30 am — 4:30 pm, Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29, 2020.

  • Workshop Location: Gorsuch Commons, UAA campus
  • Maximum Capacity for this workshop: 20 Participants
  • Target Audience: Pre-K through 12th grade – educators, teachers, librarians and school counselors (certificated employees)

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION: Online registration will be available April 1 – May 1, 2020.

REGISTRATION FEE: A $100 refundable registration fee (payable by check ONLY) is required to confirm your Jump Start registration.

We will confirm your workshop registration via email upon receiving your $100 deposit. Your check will be returned to you on the last day of the workshop. Please do not proceed with travel arrangements until you have received our email confirmation. See Travel section below.

Please make check payable to NEA-Alaska and mail or drop off at:

Attn:  Susie Smythe
4100 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99517

Note: The registration deposit will be forfeited for ‘no-shows,’ those who cancel campus housing and/or cancel workshop registration after May 8, or do not complete the 4-day workshop.


NEA-Alaska will reimburse up to $500 towards airfare (best deal) for 10 members (first come, first served) who live outside of the greater Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley or Kenai areas.

Overnight accommodations will be provided to participants upon request, utilizing UAA’s summer guest housing on campus. Lodging expenses will be paid by NEA-Alaska.

If you choose to make your own lodging arrangements, we will only reimburse up to the rate ($50/nt) we would have paid at UAA.

Room Type
Double – two private single bedrooms, sharing one private bath
Quad – four single private bedrooms, sharing 2 private baths

Participants may check in after 3:00 pm on the day of their arrival and must check out of their rooms no later than 12 noon on the day of their departure.  Only one day prior to the start of the workshop and one day past the end of the workshop may be covered based on flight schedules.

UAA is waiving parking fees in the Willow Lot for the dates of the conference.

NEA-Alaska will provide breakfast and lunch each day of the workshop through UAA cafeteria services. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available in this cafeteria line. Dinner is on your own. (No meal reimbursements will be provided by NEA-Alaska.)

UAA Professional Development Graduate Level Credits: 2 (Optional)
Cost:  $99

Course credit applications will be available at the workshop.

For more information about National Board Certification, visit www.nbpts.org/ or contact one of our course instructors listed below:

Derry Ruyle, ruyle_derry@asdk12.org
Tara Bivins, bivins_tara@asdk12.org
Patty Mellon, mellon_patty@asdk12.org

If you have questions, please contact Susie Smythe via email at: susie.smythe@neaalaska.org.