This web page is designed to give information to paraeducators relative to the state's Paraeducator fundamentals and certification. If you have information you would like posted on this page, please contact Rosie Burns.
The 2019 legislative session finalized and approved paraeducator training and certification standards. In the 2019-2020 school year, all Washington districts will be providing 14 hours of the 28 hours required for the "Fundamental Course of Study". All paras, regardless of tenure and possessing teacher certification, are required by the new law to complete the Fundamental Course of Study.
For the 2019-2020 school year, paraeducators will receive 7 hours of in-person training and do 7 hours of online training. The online training is done through the state's paraeducator online program titled Paraeducators: What We Do Matters. The online training will be done over two years in a specific order. This will be shared at the kick off session listed below.
All paraeducators in the district must plan to attend the two training sessions listed below:
October 11, 2019- Kick Off Session: Introduction to the paraeducator Fundamental Course of Study and Certifications. Paraeducators will receive training on technology basics (PDenroller and eCert systems). Session to begin at 12:30 at Mercer Island High School's performing arts center.
January 27, 2020 - Fundamentals I & III. There will be two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Location and times to be communicated.
Q: Will I be paid for this training time?
Yes, paraeducators will submit timecards to be paid for this time. The state has budgeted for 14 hours in 2019/20 per paraeducator. Please only do training during the work week, not on the weekends.
Q: Is this training in addition to our optional training & technology training hours?
Yes, these training hours are in addition.
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.