January Newsletter - PESB Pathways and Workforce Development

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PESB Educator Pathways and Workforce Development 

January 2018 Newsletter 


Happy New Year - we hope that 2018 is off to a great start for all. We are pleased to share the Educator Pathways and Workforce Development Team Newsletter with you below. In this month's edition, you will find several updates, announcements, and opportunities to get involved. We also encourage you to check out our new website or reach out to our talented staff team with any questions you may have.  


Alexandra Manuel, Acting Executive Director


The PESB continues to be supportive of Washington State’s DACA recipients and undocumented youth, many of whom are educators. We acknowledge and are proud of the courage displayed by our educators and school communities in the face of anxiety and uncertainty, and have called on Congress to swiftly pass a clean Dream Act.

Since the DACA program was implemented in 2012, more than 800,000 people nationwide have applied for and received DACA status. This number includes thousands of educators in our K-12 system nationally. At the same time, Washington State is facing a severe teaching shortage. We also see the number of English Language Learners (ELL) students growing rapidly, and the research demonstrating the powerful impact that teachers who look like and reflect their students is undeniable.

Many bright, talented, and bilingual educators in our state are DACA recipients who will lose their ability to work and serve our students in the coming months. Stripping away great educators only hurts our education system, our students and families, and our economy. We are grateful and proud of our educators who support and display courage every day for their students and families, and we will stand with our communities to ensure there is a path forward for Dreamers and undocumented youth in the U.S. and Washington State. The Board's full statement is available on our website.


The PESB and Paraboard had their first ever hill climb during the first week of the legislative session. This was an opportunity for board members to become engaged in the legislative process and bring their thoughts and insights directly to law makers. Being that this is a short session, the PESB priorities are limited and are focusing intently on technical changes and corrections to issues that were passed last session.  

PESB is seeking increased funding to adequately support the implementation of a new bilingual educator initiative. We are asking, in concert with the Governor’s office, for an addition $1 million annual investment to expand bilingual educator recruitment efforts at the high school level. In addition, we are supporting some necessary technical changes to the recently established law regarding the Paraeducator Board and the requirements for new and practicing Paraeducators. These changes will make more readily available scholarship dollars for Paraeducators looking to advance their careers in education, adjust timelines for meeting new training requirements for existing and recently hired paraeducators, and will provide targeted resources for the development of specialty certificates regarding Special Education and English Language Learner instruction.

For questions about these or other legislative issues, please contact PESB staff Justin Montermini (Justin.montermini@k12.wa.us)



Congratulations to the school districts of Everett, Marysville, Wahluke, Highline, Pasco, Quincey, Mount Vernon, Burlington Edison, and North Thurston on your planning and development year awards for the Recruiting Washington Teachers – Bilingual Educators Initiative (RWT-BEI)! These programs will be developing bilingual-focused high school teacher academies, through which they will be growing-their-own future bilingual educators. Additionally, Wahluke, Maryville, and Everett school districts will be receiving a grant to pilot their models for the 2018-2019 school year. More information on the Recruiting Washington Teachers program can be found on our website.


Congratulations to the teacher preparation programs who received grants for the next two years to advance racial equity and community engagement in their programs - Antioch University, University of Washington - Seattle, Central Washington University, Walla Walla University, Eastern Washington University, St. Martin's University, University of Puget Sound, Western Washington University, and Washington State University - Tri Cities. These grantees will advance systems-change work within their own programs, and form a work group to examine to support and scale work to recruit and retain diverse candidates and produce culturally responsive educators across the state. We look forward to this critical work!


The Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Loan Scholarship is available for experienced paraeducators without an AA degree who would like to go on to earn their teaching certificate. This program provides financial support for earning an AA degree, making a candidate eligible to enroll in an Alternative Route 1 program. More information on eligibility and requirements can be found on our website.


The charge of the subcommittee is to review the advanced paraeducator certificate requirements as stated in HB 1115, and submit recommendations to the Board that define how paraeducators may meet the requirements of this certificate. Specifically, discussion will focus on Section 10 of the law, which states that paraeducators may become eligible for an advanced paraeducator certificate by completing 75 hours of professional development in topics related to the duties of an advanced paraeducator.

Date: February 9, 2018, 8 am - 5 pm

Location: The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia, WA

Individuals who join the subcommittee do so on a voluntary basis and must commit to a full day of review and discussion. Expenses are not covered for volunteer members of the subcommittee by the Paraeducator Board. If you are interested in being a participant of this subcommittee, then please complete this form by clicking on the link.