What is the government-to-government relations requirement?
As part of the 100 clock hours for certificate renewal, administrators must complete five clock hours focused on government-to-government relations with federally recognized tribes. The government-to-government relations requirement cannot be met with a professional growth plan.
Who needs to meet this renewal requirement?
Whether or not an educator must meet the government-to-government relations requirement is dependent upon the certificate(s) they hold, not on their job assignment.
Educators with residency, professional, initial, and continuing certificates in the following certificate roles must meet this requirement:
- Administrator: principal, program administrator, CTE director, superintendent
This is not required for the following:
- Reissuance of undated residency certificates
- Issuance of initial superintendent certificates
- Moving from an initial to continuing, or from a residency to a professional certificate
When does this requirement need to be met? What if I do not meet the requirement?
The educational leadership certificate renewal requirement needs to be met for renewal applications submitted beginning July 1, 2023. This means that June 30, 2024, is the first date that certificates not meeting this requirement will expire.
Renewal applications submitted prior to July 1, 2023, do not need to meet the educational leadership requirement, even if they have an expiration date of June 30, 2024, or beyond.
If a renewal requirement is not met, then the educator’s certificate will expire. Educators may not serve in their role with an expired certificate.
Who can offer professional learning that meets these requirements?
Continuing education related to government-to-government relationships with federally recognized tribes may only be provided by subject matter experts approved by the Governor’s Office on Indian Affairs (GOIA) in collaboration with the Tribal Leaders Congress on Education (TLCE) and the OSPI Office of Native Education (ONE).
How do I earn clock hours for these requirements?
Clock hours for government-to-government professional learning are available as activity-based clock hours. This means that organizations and individuals who are not Washington State-approved clock hour providers may offer professional learning without the approval of a clock hour committee.
OSPI issues the activity-based clock hours for government-to-government professional learning. To earn these clock hours, the educator completes the training, and then a training leader signs the activity-based clock hour form. A maximum of five clock hours in a five-year period can be earned in this manner.
- HB 1426
- WAC 181-79A-244