National Board Certification Cohort 17-18

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Agency: CESA 5
Agency Contact: Aggie Salter
Agency Assistant: Melissa Sumwalt 608-745-5478
Location: CESA 5
626 E. Slifer St
Portage, WI 53901
Facility: Main Conference Room
7/25/2017 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM
9/30/2017 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM
10/28/2017 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM **This is the Plunge date.**
11/11/2017 08:30 AM - 11:30 PM **Component 2**
1/13/2018 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM **Component Four and Reading**
2/10/2018 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM **Component Three and Reading**
3/10/2018 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM **Individual Reading**
4/14/2018 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM **Individual Reading**
5/12/2018 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM **Component One: Roll Up Your Sleeves!**

Obtaining National Board Certification is not designed to be done on your own.  CESA 5's National Board Certification Cohort will support you in this very rigorous process.  While we hope that all of the support and structured time will lead you to certification success, this cohort will conclude in April/May of 2018.  CESA 5 will continue to offer cohort options if and when you still need future support in obtaining your certification.  

What is included in the 17-18 cohort?

  • 6 - 8 meetings throughout the 17-18 year, with Lead Mentor Wendy Sondrol, President of the Wisconsin National Board Network (see below for vitae)  
    These meetings will be determined by the cohort, beginning in July and ending in April/May.
  • Plunge Writing Retreat **DATE CHANGE: Will now be held on Saturday, 10/28** Please note, this would normally cost $800 alone!
  • Component Guidance
  • Readers in your discipline for feedback (know what the assessors are looking for)
  • Mentor advice
  • A place to go with questions
  • The support of those in the cohort
  • Access to CESA 5 resources

What will you bring to the cohort?

  • Motivation!
  • An open mind for constructive criticism
  • Reading of component directions
  • The time to write on your own, outside of the cohort meetings

Why should you be a part of this?

  • Wisconsin offers National Board Certification reimbursement for up to $2000 for costs incurred.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Some local school districts use Title monies and/or professional development funds to provide fee support to candidates seeking certification. Please inquire with your principal or central office administrator to see if this is a possibility for you.
  • After the initial year of certification, Wisconsin NBCTs are eligible to receive annual grants of $2500 or $5000 per year for the remaining nine years of a National Board certificate.

Wendy Sondrol


Wendy Sondrol earned National Board Certification, the most rigorous, exacting license process in the nation, in 2004.  She successfully renewed her certification in 2015.  She has served as president to the Wisconsin National Board of Certified Teachers Network and currently facilitates Jump Start, writing retreats and other candidate support activities.  Ms. Sondrol is also one of the only Wisconsin teachers who has also worked as an NBCT assessor; in 2015 a sizable portion of her work was selected for publication under the national Jump Start umbrella. 

Ms. Sondrol is currently a teacher of emotionally disturbed and at-risk teenagers, completing her 26thyear in the classroom.  During this time, she was selected as a Herb Kohler finalist scholar and has written and published works concerning therapeutic writing, and currently serves as a writing consultant for UW- Milwaukee.    

17-18 cohort price:  $800  (does not include certification expenses)
-This price is inclusive for the entire length of the  2017-2018 cohort, approximately 7/1/17-5/31/18.  
-Please note, registration for the cohort does not include expenses for obtaining National Board Certification.

Registration and payment deadline: 7/1/17
How to pay: You can pay via credit card at the time of your registration, or send a check to:
                    Melissa Sumwalt
                    CESA 5
                    626 E Slifer St
                    Portage, WI  53901
-Please be sure to note on your check: "17-18 NBC Cohort"

Click here for the Guide to the National Board Certification process. 

Cancellation policy:
We are unable to issue refunds for cancellation after July 1, 2017 due to expenses incurred. CESA 5 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. Inclement weather policy: This event will not be cancelled due to weather conditions.  This cancellation policy replaces the CESA 5 standard cancellation policy, stated below.



Cancellation Policy: Registered participants will receive a full refund if they cancel prior to 3 working days before an event, minus any material costs that have already been incurred. Because of our commitment to the trainer and the food vendor, participants who cancel less than 3 working days or do not attend, will be billed the full fee. CESA 5 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. Inclement weather policy: Every effort will be made to hold an event. CESA 5 will notify participants via email as soon as possible if an event has been cancelled due to weather conditions.