Become a Volunteer

As part of the Cognia Accreditation Process, schools and systems participate in an Engagement Review, staffed by a team of specially trained education professionals. Join a team to contribute your perspective and learn from other dedicated professionals.

Enrich your learning. Serve on a team.

Outside perspectives help leaders understand where their schools excel, and where to focus to better meet students’ needs. As part of the Cognia Accreditation and Certification Processes, schools and systems participate in an Engagement Review staffed by a team of specially trained education professionals. We depend on the perspectives of peer observers—like you—to provide evaluations that are accurate, fair, and thoughtful.

We’ve heard from long-standing volunteers that serving on a review team is one of their most valuable professional learning experiences. Plus, volunteers can earn CEUs and free university credits.

You can share this rich professional learning by becoming a member of a Cognia review team. Based on the type of institution and the goal of the review, details of participation vary.

Accreditation Engagement Reviews

Institution type
Duration
Review activities
Required training
Schools and Systems, United States and Global (more than 85 countries) 3–5 days Examine evidence, interview stakeholders, observe classrooms, engage in team deliberations, rate Performance Standards Team Member training. eleot™ training
Digital Learning 4–5 days Examine evidence, interview stakeholders, observe classrooms, engage in team deliberations, rate Performance Standards Digital Team Member training, Digital Observation Tool training
Early Learning Schools 3 days Examine evidence, interview stakeholders, observe classrooms, engage in team deliberations, rate Performance Standards Early Learning Team Member training, erel™ training

 

Certification Engagement Reviews

STEM Certification 3 days Examine evidence, interview stakeholders, observe classrooms, engage in team deliberations, rate STEM Standards STEM Team Member training, eleot training

Are you passionate about education?

Watch this short video to learn about the benefits of becoming a volunteer!

Curious about the Engagement Review process?

Learn more about the team member experience.

Ready to make a difference?

Speak with a Cognia Volunteer Services team member!

What's it like to be a Team Member?

Learn more about the benefits of serving on an Engagement Review team. Current and past team members share the value of their experiences.

What's it like to be a Lead Evaluator?

Current and past Lead Evaluators share the benefits and highlight the learning that come from this leadership opportunity.
It’s one of the most important PD activities I’ve done. It gives me a broader perspective in the world of education. It gives me time to stop and reflect about what I know about best practice and then what it looks like in operation.”
Dr. Tina Mondale, Retired
Former School Improvement Director for the Oregon Department of Education
Oregon
Serving on a team is a value-added opportunity. It really adds to the understanding of what quality education is and what a school or individual needs to do to move toward excellence.”
Dr. Barbara Johnson, Retired
Former principal and university professor
Florida
You get to see best practices in a different way, you get to see a different type of climate and culture on a campus. You learn.”
Holly Bonessi
Assistant Principal
Arizona

Apply now

Thank you for your interest in serving as a Cognia volunteer! Cognia’s Accreditation and STEM Certification processes engage schools and school systems in an external review by a team of volunteers known as the Engagement Review Team. Team members spend time on site with educators, administrators, students, and parents. These education professionals visit classrooms, review performance data, and look over improvement plans—to drive action and make a difference in the lives of learners.

If you’d like to make a difference, please complete and submit the Volunteer Interest Form below. We’ll contact you to take the next step—completing a Volunteer Profile—which will allow us to identify volunteer opportunities that align with your experience, expertise, interest, and availability.

Learn more about the team member experience.