PESB News of Note February 2018

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PESB News of Note

for February 2018

Message from the Executive Director

The PESB held a Special Meeting on February 2nd. Candidates were interviewed for the PESB Executive Director position, and the board unanimously selected Alexandra Manuel.

Alexandra has been serving as Acting Executive Director since September 29, 2017. With her selection to the Executive Director role, she’d like to further introduce her passion and vision for her new role.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Professional Educator Standards Board and the Paraeducator Board. We will continue to focus our strategic efforts in support of the success of all students in Washington schools. Our work will continue in the preparation, engagement, and retention of a diverse educator workforce that meets district and community needs and serves all students. I look forward continued collaboration with Washington’s education community to achieve the boards’ goals that prepare, engage, and retain strong educators in every classroom.”

See the Board’s full press release on the PESB website. Please feel free to share your thoughts with Alex at

January Board Meetings

PESB and the Paraeducator Board both met in January. Items of interest to stakeholders include the following.

PESB program manager Maren Johnson presented extensively about her work on continuing education and licensure policy for PESB. Read more about:

  • STEM requirements for teacher certification renewal - Tab 15
  • PGP completion dates - Tab 16
  • the Educator Career Continuum Work Group - Tab 18
  • National Board Certificate renewal impacts on teacher certification in Washington - Tab 19, Tab 20

From the Joint PESB / Paraeducator Board meeting on January 11:

  • HB 1115 recognizes the importance of effective direction and supervision between teachers, administrators, and paraeducators and directs PESB, SPI, and the Paraeducator Board to collaborate on content and training to do so - PESB Tab 3, Para Board Tab 16.
  • Grow Your Own educator initiatives are aimed at addressing teacher shortages and workforce diversity through district / preparation program partnerships that provide certification pathways paraeducators, high school students, and interested community members - PESB Tab 5, Para Board Tab 18
  • Plan ahead! The 2019 Board meeting dates are set - PESB Tab 1Para Board Tab 14.

Find additional meeting materials, including updates on IBPR and assignment policy, on the PESB website

PESB Supports DACA Program

At its January 2018, the PESB directed a letter be sent to Washington's congressional delegation and posted on PESB's website that strongly supports Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and a clean Dream Act (Tab 13). DACA-eligible educators are numerous and they possess high-demand bilingual skills. In addition, these educators enhance efforts to diversify Washington's educator workforce, reflecting research that demonstrates the powerful impact teachers who look like and reflect their students have on those students. 

Read the PESB Statement on DACA on our website.

PESB Legislative Updates

Visit PESB's 2018 Legislative Priorities page to read legislative updates prepared by PESB Governmental Relations staff, Justin Montermini. It's early in this short session, and the Week 2 Legislative update provides background on short sessions and PESB's efforts to further our legislative agenda during 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Justin at

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. 

The Productivity Costs of Inefficient Hiring Practices: Evidence From Late Teacher Hiring. Papay, J.P. and Kraft, M.A. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Vol. 34, No. 4, 791-817 (2016).

[The authors] use matched employee–employer records from the teacher labor market to explore the effects of late teacher hiring on student achievement. Hiring teachers after the school year starts reduces student achievement by 0.042 SD in mathematics and 0.026 SD in reading. This reflects, in part, a temporary disruption effect in the first year. In mathematics, but not in reading, late-hired teachers remain persistently less effective, evidence of negative selection in the teacher labor market. Late hiring concentrates in schools that disproportionately serve disadvantaged student populations, contributing to challenges in ensuring an equitable distribution of educational resources for all students.


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