National Board Candidate Support

The Hawaii State Teachers Association has worked to support teachers towards their certification since 2013.  The original network was started and endorsed with the support of Stacy Nishina who was then the Deputy Executive Director at HSTA.

Today, HSTA continues support teachers through their National Board journey in partnership with Kamehameha Schools.  

NEA National Board Jump Start

This is a Non-Credit comprehensive seminar designed to provide National Board candidates important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification in a supportive and constructive environment.

The fee for this program covers the summer Jump Start and candidate support for the following year, additional years will be charged a new fee. This fee is not part of the PD reimbursement program, it is used to support the Jump Start facilitation and Candidate Support Program that candidates have access to until they complete certification.


Please check back in February for 2023 summer enrollment.  

Fill out the join us form to be notified when registration opens (please use your personal email, not school email to avoid missed information)


Candidate Support Sessions

These sessions are designed to help you focus on the requirements for each component and to give you support as you gather evidence and prepare to submit your portfolio for certification review.  They allow you to share ideas and get feedback from peers also going through the process. Each cohort will include seven two-hour meetings over the course of the school year. 


  • Registration for the 22-23SY is opening

    • Sessions start in September.

    • No new candidates will be accepted after October.​

  • This is a free benefit to members.

    • It is strongly recommend that candidates attend Jump Start before attempting the certification process.​

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