Paraeducator Resources

  • 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.

     

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    Fundamental Course of Study Standards & Certification

    In the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, all Washington districts will be providing the  28 hour of training and coursework 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.  

    Paraeducator certificates are not required at this time.  They are optional.  To obtain a certificate, a paraeducator must take clock hour approved courses through OSPI approved clock hour providers.  The District is an approved clock hour provider. 

     

    Training Overview

    Due to the COVID-19 Closures, the original training plan for the 19-20 School Year was amended in April.  Paraeducators are required to complete the following online courses will be completed to fulfill the Fundamental Course of Study by June 15, 2021.  

    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:  (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 in-person trainings:

    • 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.  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. 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, June 30, 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.