PESB News of Note January 2018

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Regular Board Meetings

January 2018 Board meetings and materials

Professional Educator Standards Board

January 11-12, 2018

Paraeducator Board

January 10-11, 2018

The January meetings will be held at ESD 113 in Tumwater. 

A joint meeting of the PESB and Paraeducator Board will be held January 11. 

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PESB News of Note

for January 2018

PESB's New Web Presence

Happy New Year! It's 2018, and PESB's website has a fresh new look!

Check out the new website at our old URL - The design work focused on easier navigability and search, in addition to a more professional look and contemporary feel. 

All of our content is now searchable from one search bar, a feature previously unavailable. We've added upcoming Board meeting information to the home page and added more visual appeal to support the new organization. With a more logically organized site map, areas identified by user and subject, and fewer clicks to get to information, we hope you'll more easily find what you need. 

Let us know what you think using the website feedback form linked to the home page footer.

January is Board Meeting Month

The full agenda for PESB's January meeting can be found on the PESB meeting pageThe meeting topics include:

  • Educator certification - review of limited certificates including a potential certificate for preservice educators, NBCT renewal and endorsement equivalencies, and the work of the Educator Career Continuum Workgroup
  • Equity initiatives updates - RWT Bilingual Educators InitiativeTesting Barriers Work Group, and the impact of national decisions on DACA on Washington teacher shortage and diversity
  • Preparation program approval efforts - equity and alignment in the program approval process, IBPR indicator review update, and rules change on teacher and administrator standards around professional learning

The Paraeducator Board also meets in January at the same location as the PESB. Materials for the Paraeducator Board meeting are found in the Paraeducator Board area of PESB's website. 

January's meetings will include a joint PESB / Paraeducator Board meeting on January 11.

Proposed agenda items for upcoming PESB meetings can be found on the Upcoming Tab Items page. Note that these entries are for planning purposes and subject to change as projects develop and new information arises.

PESB 2018 Legislative Priorities

The Professional Educator Standards Board believes that quality and diversity in the educator workforce matters. Those beliefs are reflected in the Board's strategic plan and goals. In service to that plan, the PESB establishes priorities for each legislative session based on Board goals and initiatives. 

PESB's 2018 legislative priorities include:

  • Alternative Routes - increasing investment in alternative routes to educator certification,
  • Grow Your Own Educators - cultivating and growing future educators from within communities, and
  • Washington State Loan Forgiveness - providing financial support for future educators.

Governmental relations staff will provide regular updates on the progress of these initiatives during the legislative session. Watch for those legislative updates here.

PESB Reports On...

Recruiting Washington Teachers 2016-2017 Annual Report

Recruiting Washington Teachers (RWT) pilot sites operate as learning laboratories from which the curriculum and program resources have been developed. The program was created to diversify the educator workforce by growing-our-own educators from current high school students with diverse backgrounds. RWT recruits cohorts of underrepresented high school students interested in teaching and supports them in exploring and preparing for meaningful careers in education.

Through RWT’s grow-your-own approach, the program seeks to address the dual goals of creating a teaching workforce more reflective of Washington State’s student populations, while simultaneously diminishing the teacher shortage. Each year data is collected through site visits, instructor reports, and a student survey to better understand the impact of RWT. Read about the most recent data collection in the RWT 2016-2017 Annual Report.

For previous years' reports visit the RWT Reports page on PESB's website.

Research of Note

Each month, PESB identifies and shares research related to its work. These articles are intended to spark thought and discussion only and do not imply an endorsement of the research position or findings. 

Recruitment or Preparation? Investigating the Effects of Teacher Characteristics and Student Teaching. Ronfeldts, M., Reininger, M., and Kwok, A. August 2013.

Some believe the solution to improving instructional quality in K-12 schools lies in identifying and recruiting certain kinds of individuals to the profession (e.g., academically talented, stronger commitment). Others believe that talented or committed individuals cannot become effective or enduring teachers without adequate preparation. Most prior literature examines either recruitment or preparation, rather than weighing evidence for both simultaneously. In addition, most prior research investigates the effects of either approach on only a single outcome, rather than considering multiple outcomes at once. Drawing on pre- and poststudent teaching surveys of more than 1,000 prospective teachers in a large, urban district, this study uses a unique strategy to disentangle the effects of one dimension of preparation (student teaching) from the effects of teacher characteristics on a number of measures for teachers’ self-perceived instructional quality and career plans. The findings indicate that career plans are more often related to teacher characteristics, whereas self-perceived instructional quality is more often related to features of clinical preparation. Implications for recruitment and preparation are discussed.


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