Trainings and webinars for education support professionals

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Fundamental Course of Study

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). 

Districts that chose to offer the complete FCS training this year will be reimbursed for the additional training days at a rate of $218 per completed day of training per paraeducator.

Please note that in-person training requirements are not being waived. Seven of the 28 hours of FCS training must be conducted in person, but the deadline is not until the end of the 2020-21 school year. The remaining 21 hours of FCS training can, if the district chooses, be completed online.

WEA will be providing clock hour courses for FCS Paraeducation Certification. Our objective is to help WEA paraeducators complete 14 of the 28 required FCS hours for certification for free.

Classes will be held on Saturdays for the remainder of the school year. These are the last offerings for free WEA FCS classes for the 2021-21 school year. Class size is limited so don't wait too long to sign up.

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

FCS 01 - Intro to Cultural Identity and Diversity (4 clock hours)

May 8 or May 22, both sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to Noon

Objective: Paraeducators will gain an awareness and deeper understanding of ways to engage, build relationships and communicate with the diverse backgrounds of their students. This course is designed to help ensure that students experience a positive, consistent, safe, unbiased and equitable classroom. This course qualifies as part of the Paraeducator Certification program and clock hours will be provided.

Register for the May 8 course or register for the May 22 course. Registrants will receive a separate email with Zoom registration and meeting link.

FCS02 - Educational and Instructional Support (4 hours)

May 22, 8 a.m.- Noon

Objective: Participants will learn classroom and building based instructional strategies and supports to assist classroom teachers in various learning environments and with diverse learning styles. This course is intended to enhance the instructional practices of paraeducators in order to increase student achievement and educational outcomes.

Register for this course here. Registrants will receive a separate email with Zoom registration and meeting link.

FCS 06 - Equity (3 clock hours)

May 8 or May 22, both sessions will be held from 1-5 p.m.

Objective: Paraeducators will gain an awareness of the legalities, polices, procedure and practices surrounding discrimination and how to respond to such violations. This course is designed to help foster a learning environment that is unbiased, safe and promotes the academic success of all students. This course qualifies as part of the Paraeducator Certification program and clock hours will be provided. Please note: Although this course is worth 3 clock hours, it takes 4 hours to complete.

Register for the May 8 course or register for the May 22 course. Registrants will receive a separate email with Zoom registration and meeting link.

FCS 11/12 - Communication Basics/Challenges (3 clock hours)

May 8 or May 22. Both sessions start at 1 p.m.

Objective: Paraeducators will gain an understanding of essential communication strategies, conflict management, conflict resolution and how to effectively work in a team environment. This course is designed to help enhance collaboration and communication between paraeducators and other applicable stakeholders that will enhance student success and achievement. 

This course qualifies as part of the Paraeducator Certification program and clock hours will be provided. Please note: Although this course is worth 3 clock hours, it takes 4 hours to complete.

Register for the May 8 class or register for the May 22 course.


Student Engagement and Management in Virtual Classrooms (12 clock hours)

This course provides participants background knowledge and ideas to engage students and improve learning in online and remote settings. Participants will create a plan of action to make a successful transition to online learning that includes digital literacy, communications, engagement strategies, management techniques, inclusionary practices, instructional strategies, and over 200 integrated resources for participants.

This course is part of WEA's Inclusionary Practices Project. Registration and clock hours are free for all WEA members. The online training is asynchronous (self-paced) so participants can register at any time as long as they finish the training by June 30, 2021. Register here.


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NEA ESP Professional Growth

To ensure a great public education for every student, education support professional s (ESPs) want and deserve opportunities for professional growth throughout their careers.