Paraeducator Resources

  • View a short overview video about the Paraeducator Fundamental Course of Study and Certification Program.

     

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    Fundamental Course of Study Standards & Certification

    Over the first two years as a paraeducator in the District new paraeducators will be provided 28 hours of training and coursework required for the "Fundamental Course of Study".  This will be 14 hours of training each year during the first two years.  All paraeducators, regardless of tenure and possessing teacher certification, are required by the new law to complete the Fundamental Course of Study.  

    Paraeducator Certificate The school year following completion of the Fundamental Course of Study, the District will provide 14 state approved clock hours to paraeducators each school year which will go towards the requirements for the Paraeducator Certificate. These courses will be state approved clock hours and coordinated with the supervisor in the paraeducator's school.  

     

    Training Overview

    The training for the Fundamental Course of Study is provided in a variety of ways, including some in-person training and some online coursework.  Below is information about the courses completed online. 

    When you have completed the online modules, send a screen print of the certificate of completion to HR (rosie.burns@mercerislandschools.org).  Be sure you name shows in the screen print.

    Paraeducators:  What We Do Matters (all modules must be completed)
     
    Hoonuit Courses:  (Your login is first name last name (i.e. rosie burns) + the password you use to log into your MISD computer)
    • Child Development, Ages and Stages (FCS 08 - Child & Adolescent Development)
    • Supporting Standards, Supporting Students (FCS 02 - Methods of Educational and Instructional Support)
    • Supporting Diverse Learners (FCS 06 - Equity, FCS 10 - Positive & Safe Learning Environment)
     
    SafeSchools) (now called Vector Solutions:  (select the arrow at the left on your landing page and hover -- it will read "Extra Training", search for the courses listed below)
    • Classroom Safety (FCS 09 - Emergency & Health Safety)
    • Online Safety:  What Every Educator Needs to Know (FCS 09 - Emergency & Health Safety

    In addition, all paraeducators are required to attend two "Live" trainings (this may be in-person on via ZOOM):

    • 3 hour introduction, technology basics and roles course
    • 4 hour cultural identity & diversity and behavior management techniques

    FAQ

    Q:   Will I be paid for this training time?

    Yes, paraeducators will submit timecards to be paid for this time.  Please only do training during the work week, not on the weekends or holidays and not to work in excess of 40 hours per week..

    Q:   Is this training in addition to our optional training & technology training hours? 

    Yes, these training hours are in addition. You may use optional training hours for the online training modules if you wish to do more than the modules outlined above. 

    • All paras will need to complete all 13 modules by the end of the 20/21 school year, July 31, 2021.

    Q:   What happens if I miss the in-person training?

    The district will provide make up opportunities for the in-person training.

     

    This information is provided as a service to District paraeducators. The ability to attend, the payment of fees and the competencies covered by a particular training should be discussed with your supervisor prior to registration.