PESB Workforce Development and Pathways - October 2017

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October Educator Pathways and Workforce Development Newsletter

Greetings! We hope you find this month's newsletter helpful and informative, there is much information to read through below. One thing you might have noticed - we changed our name! The Educator Pathways team has changed our name to Educator Pathways and Workforce Development. We are advancing and expanding our work related to addressing educator shortage and educator diversity through workforce development initiatives responsive to workforce needs. We continue as always to advance our programs that grow future educators, develop current educators, and engage in policy and innovations.


Next Paraeducator Board Meeting - November 15-16, 2017 Vancouver, WA

Meeting information, including board materials and the agenda, can be found on the Paraeducator website. Tuning into this meeting and/or signing up for the Paraeducator Board Newsletter is a great way to stay up to date on policy changes set by the Paraeducator Board. 

PESB Special Meetings - Please be advised that meeting minutes are available from two special meetings recently held by the board. Minutes can be found on our website (at the bottom of the page).


At its September Board meeting In Spokane, the Professional Educator Standards Board received a presentation from staff outlining the proposed legislative budget platform for the 2018 legislative session.  The board heard for consideration and submission to the Governor’s office a funding request regarding increased funding for Alternative Routes, Grow your Own Educators, and a Teacher Loan Forgiveness program. These requests are the same requests submitted at the beginning of the 2017-19 legislative biennium. The board unanimously approved the legislative funding proposals as presented by staff. 

The board is a state agency under the purview of the Governor’s office. As such, the Governor’s office requires a final review and approval of all agency policy and funding requests. The three proposals approved by the Board have now been formally submitted to the Governor’s office for final review and approval before heading into the 2018 supplemental session. It is anticipated that the Governor’s office will make a final determination either approving or denying agency requests in the first weeks of December.

In preparation, agency staff are working to develop supporting materials and advocacy plans for the items approved by the board in anticipation of final approval from the Governor’s office. For any questions regarding these request or the process in which they were submitted, please contact Justin Montermini, agency Government Relations staff. or 360.402.8537.


Bilingual Teacher Initiative: The Recruiting Washington Teachers - Bilingual Teachers Initiative (RWT – BEI)  application is now available!  The RWT – BEI Pilot Project supports recruiting, preparing, and mentoring bilingual high school students, in order to prepare them to become future bilingual teachers and counselors in the state of Washington. This program builds upon the Recruiting Washington Teachers (RWT) program, supporting high school bilingual students to explore becoming teachers in our state.  Pilot sites will use the culturally responsive, equity pedagogy based RWT Curriculum, hosted by PESB. Grants will be available for districts or a district partnership, with the requirement that there be at least one pilot site on either side of the Cascades. Pilot projects will have the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year as a planning period and will launch in 2018-2019. Applications are due by 5pm on November 17, 2017. For more information, please see the RWT – BEI webpage.

Pilot to Policy: Advancing Systemic Equity: Grant application now open! This two year grant will build capacity for approved educator preparation programs to engage in deep, transformational work connected to racial equity, authentic community engagement, and cultural responsiveness. Funding awards are up to $10,000 per year. Grantees will also participate in a work group which will meet on a monthly and bimonthly basis over the course of the two years. They will undergo trainings, report on progress, share learnings, provide feedback, and serve as a collective committed to demonstrating results and best practices around this work. Get more info and the grant application on our website.

Alternative Route Block Grant: The Alternative Route Block Grant application window has closed and applications will be reviewed November 3rd. If you are interested in being involved with the review process, please contact the Educator Pathways team at Reviewers must not have conflicts of interest and must be willing to participate in a full day of review Friday, November 3rd. Some pre-reading will also be required.  

GET INVOLVED - upcoming surveys and work groups

Paraeducator Survey: The Paraeducator Board is conducting a voluntary and confidential online survey of all current paraeducators in Washington State. If you are a paraeducator, please consider completing this survey. By participating, you will directly help inform K-12 and higher education leaders as they determine policies regarding professional development and career ladder programs for paraeducators. With your assistance, we hope to more fully understand the level of interest paraeducators have in participating in these programs, the barriers that exists in their participation, and the support that paraeducators may need to participate in them. If you are not a paraeducator, please consider forwarding the survey link or this newsletter. 

Testing Barriers Work Group: We have a few more slots for participation in PESB's state-wide Testing Barriers Work Group. The charge of this work group will be to thoroughly investigate the barriers that testing creates for candidates. The work group will explore current testing policies and processes and the adverse impact candidates of color and bilingual candidates entering the teacher profession. In Spring of 2018, the group will develop recommendations that will go to the PESB Board and state legislature. To learn more please contact 

Human Resources Training Initiative: This training effort is underway and the Advisory Oversight committee has met. Most materials for the training are complete, but much more is to be done. We anticipate that the training will be made available to HR staff beginning in the Spring of 2018.

Career and Technical Education Initiative: PESB and the CTE office in OSPI are working towards an effort to assist the CTE system to improve licensure regulations and preparation program improvements. The work will commence in the next months - stay tuned, and contact us for more information.

Help Us Share our Newsletters

As a reminder, our agency has three newsletters! The "PESB News of Note," the "Paraeducator Board Newsletter" and the "Educator Pathways and Workforce Development Newsletter." We want to make sure folks know where and how to sign-up to get the information they need through these newsletters.

The "PESB News of Note" is a great way to stay up to date about Board decisions, meetings, and policy and research updates. The Paraeducator Board Newsletters is also a great way to get information about Paraboard meetings, updates, and policy items. If you or your colleagues would benefit from monthly updates in any of these areas, please consider signing up! These are helpful ways for us to communicate with our stakeholders.

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