New district training materials available for paraeducator certificate program

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May 27, 2020


The 2019-20 school year kicked off with a new requirement for districts across Washington State to provide 14 hours of training on the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) to all of their instructional paraeducators. The FCS is a core component of the paraeducator certificate program. 

As the school year comes to an end, we’ve been able to engage with districts to hear their lessons learned, experiences, successes, and challenges on implementing the new training requirements. One common theme of support we’ve heard was the need for a pre-developed training curriculum and materials. We’re excited to announce the release of these new curriculum materials to help districts meet the FCS training requirements. This curriculum was developed with the partnership of many school district leaders, with both their time and content guidance. 

Who should use the curriculum?

The curriculum is designed for school districts and other providers who are implementing the training. This is not independent online training, and paraeducators cannot complete this training without a facilitator. Using the curriculum is optional. Districts are still welcome to use their own training materials.

What’s included in the curriculum?

The curriculum includes presentations, facilitator guides, and handouts, and is intended to be used for in-person FCS training. The curriculum provides a strong foundational starting point for districts to provide training, however, many units require customizing the content with district-specific information (e.g., mission and vision statements). These areas of needed customization are clearly marked throughout the materials.  

View the curriculum and additional training resources on our website. 

Learn more

Attend a webinar

  • On May 28, we will convene an informational webinar to present on certificate program updates, budget highlights, timelines, requirements, and will be sharing and reviewing the curriculum. Register to attend.

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