PESB News of Note - October 2017

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PESB News of Note

for October 2017

Changes to PESB Executive Directorship

The Professional Educator Standards Board has made a decision to seek new leadership for the agency. Jennifer Wallace will be moving on from her position as PESB Executive Director. The Board has named Alexandra Manuel as PESB's Acting Executive Director. Find the Board's full press release here.

In her email to stakeholders, Alexandra stated, "I look forward to working with our stakeholders to continue to advance the work of the Professional Educator Standards Board and the newly formed Paraeducator Board. Myself and our talented staff look forward to working with each of you."

Contact Alexandra at

Gov. Inslee's Newsletter Highlights PESB's Paraeducator Board

Read Gov. Inslee's article "Bilingual paraeducators bridge gap between student, teacher" highlighting how PESB's Paraeducator Board policies support individuals in paraeducator roles to become teachers. Bilingual paras play an important role in student success and parent involvement in Washington schools. 

For additional information, visit PESB's Paraeducator Board website or contact Jack Busbee, Program Manager for the board.

PESB Approves Certification Changes

Teachers, administrators, and ESAs, who hold residency, professional, or continuing certificates, will now be able to renew their certificates in five (5) year intervals with:

  • 100 clock hours or the equivalent in college credit, 
  • OR by completing four annual PGPs during the five-year validity date of the certificate, 
  • OR by combining completed PGPs with clock hours for a total of 100 hours. (e.g. 3 PGPs + 25 CH = 100 CH).

These changes bring coherence and continuity between the policy adopted in July from E2SHB 1341 and the existing system.  

For more information, see Washington State Educator Certification FAQ: E2SHB 1341 and related WAC, or contact Maren Johnson, Program Manager for Policy Development, Educator Credentialing, and Continuing Education.

September PESB Meeting Included... 

PESB's September meeting materials can be found in the September 2017 Board materials folder, including the Agenda and Actions-Annotations documents.

  • The Board heard presentation and discussion on local efforts to support districts and prospective educators in meeting workforce needs. See materials for Tab 2, Tab 3, and Tab 4.
  • The Board approved Antioch University's Residency Teacher Program Alternate Route application. See Tab 6 materials for information.
  • The Board passed a motion that requires a full program to have a Library Media endorsement added to an existing certificate. See Tab 10 materials for additional information.

PESB Reports On...

Educator Preparation Program Production Data

Beginning with action at its November 2011 regular meeting, PESB members approved continuing work on a data system plan that was the precursor to the Indicator-Based Review Model (IBPR) work presented and discussed at the September 2017 regular PESB meeting (see Tab 7 materials). A component of this work includes PESB-defined data elements which are annually collected by each approved program, then held for reporting to PESB each October.

Each year in October, approved educator preparation programs in Washington submit a report from the data system elements to PESB. These report data are used to populate displays on the PESB Annual Report on Educator Preparation and Workforce.

Please take time to look at this information. If you have any questions about it, please contact Amy Hedlund, Data and Research Analyst.

Research of Note

In this 2016 article from Teachers College Record, researchers examine data sets collected from North Carolina teacher preparation programs (TPPs) to suggest research agendas that could contribute to improving educator preparation. The authors acknowledge the potential challenges and share perspectives from deans of three North Carolina TPPs engaged in the proposed work. 

See Data Sharing to Drive the Improvement of Teacher Preparation Programs by Bastian, K.C., Fortner, C.K., Chapman, A., Fleener, M.J., McIntyre, E., and Patriarca, L.A. published in Teachers College Record, 118, 120304 (2016).


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