Upcoming learning opportunities on new paraeducator training requirements

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May 15, 2019

Upcoming learning opportunities on new paraeducator training requirements

A new legislative funding decision means school districts are now required to provide two days of training on the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) to all instructional paraeducators during the 2019-20 school year. Learn more about this announcement in our bulletin. A four day (28 hour) curriculum, the FCS is the core training all paraeducators must receive before working with students and their families, or at a minimum, by established deadlines. Learn more about the FCS.

Several upcoming learning opportunities are being planned to help prepare and support school districts on their new training requirements.

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Workshops | Legislative impacts on bargaining and paraeducator training implementation

When: May 31, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton at Southcenter

Attendees will receive a presentation from PESB, and have an opportunity to ask questions regarding implementation. Specific focus will be on:

  • We understand the why, now join us for the HOW.
  • How are districts doing this? What is the framework?
  • When are districts doing this?
  • What are districts offering?

Register online.

Webinar | Fundamental Course of Study: Suggestions on how to implement

When: June 5, from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

After a presentation on the changes to the program, this webinar will be an opportunity to answer audience questions. This webinar is open to the public but is intended for school districts implementers and training providers.

Register online.

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Training workshop | "Train the Trainer"

When: June 24, 26, and 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

These training sessions will provide a foundation to school district implementers and trainers on the certificate program, what it entails and how to implement it. The primary focus will be on the Fundamental Course of Study, but we will also provide information on the program as a whole.

The same training will be provided in three locations, so you only need to register for one. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited.


  • June 24, 2019: ESD 101, Spokane, WA
  • June 26, 2019: ESD 121, Renton, WA
  • June 27, 2019: ESD 112, Vancouver, WA

Register online.

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If you have questions, please email paraboard@k12.wa.us.