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 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the remainder of the school year. Class size is limited so don't wait too long to sign up. New class schedules coming soon.


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.


If you missed one of NEA's monthly professional development webinars for education support professionals, you are in luck. Watch NEA's archived ESP webinar recordings.


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.