ESPs: A foundation for our students

Great public schools require a combined effort by many dedicated people. Our Education Support Professionals (ESPs) are committed, caring WEA members who prepare students for success every day. They are our secretaries and office clerks, bus drivers, paraeducators, food service workers, custodians and maintenance staff, security, healthcare providers, skilled trades and technical staff.

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  • WEA Education Support Professional of the Year

    Congratulations to Pamella Johnson, social emotional behavioral interventionist, at Rochester High School. Johnson also is a member of the state Paraeducator Board, which help set policy around paraeducator training, certification and standards. The board is currently reviewing the state’s new standards for cultural competency, diversity, equity and inclusion (CCDEI) training. Johnson also intends to use her seat to speak out for paraeducator appreciation and pay.  

    Meet WEA's 2022 ESP of Year
  • Professional Development

    Education support professionals play a key role in ensuring student success, and their impact is even stronger when there are clear expectations, when they are valued, and when they have opportunities for professional learning and supports throughout their careers.
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  • Action Coordinating Team (ACT)

    The WEA/ESP Action Coordinating Team is a statewide group made up of leaders from each UniServ Council who are dedicated to advocating for and advising local ESP units. The team works to promote member satisfaction, strengthen local bargaining units and empower education support professionals through increased skills.

    Find your ACT contact
  • Fundamental Course of Study

    WAC 179-09-040: Paraeducators hired before the 2018-19 school year must receive a certificate of completion for 28 FCS clock hours by Sept. 1, 2021.

    The Professional Educator Standards Board has released new guidance for the state’s Paraeducator Certificate program, as a result of the pandemic. All school districts now have until the end of 2020-21 school year to provide all four days of training on the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS).

    Need help with registering your training hours?

    Review the presentation from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, step-by-step on how to create an EDS Account, explainer on how-to log your clock hours, and the available paraeducator certificates and profesional certification

    Check our professional development tab for current course offerings.

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  • Resources for ESPs

    Here is a list of resources curated by fellow education support professionals for ESPs.

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Working for a living wage

Every worker deserves a living wage. A living wage means earning enough to pay for basic necessities: rent, food, utilities, childcare, healthcare and transportation. People who work full time should not have to live below the poverty line.

Several ESP units in Washington, with assistance from WEA and NEA, have initiated grassroots organizing efforts for living wages in their communities. 

Living wage tools and other resources: