Paraeducator Staff Info

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Paraeducator Fundamental Course of Study

 

The Olympia Paraeducator Association (OPA) and District have built a plan for the state-required paraeducator training for the 2020-2021 school year.

It is important to note that this requirement applies to any K-12 paraeducator staff members who assist with instruction in the classroom setting (excludes preschool and bus monitors).  This year, employees in these positions are required to complete these 14 hours of the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) program. 

The following are the FCS modules to be completed this year and when the courses will be offered:

PdEnroller Sessions

May 1/8/15/22, 11 am-2 pm - FULL

July 26-29, 10am-1pm - Registration Link

All training will be held via Zoom.  You will receive a link once you have registered.

Standards
FCS05, District Orientation of Roles & Responsibilities
FCS06, Equity
FCS07, Behavior Management Strategies (including de-escalation techniques)
FCS08, Child & Adolescent Development
FCS09, Emergency & Health Safety
FCS12, Communication Challenges

Please Note: You MUST register via the links above.  You will not be able to access the classes by searching in pdEnroller.  Each session is capped at 110 people; therefore, please register as soon as possible.

There will be 2 hours of asynchronous training (FCS03 – Technology Basics) that must be completed on your own time.  The asynchronous portion of the training is due by July 31, 2021.

FCS 03 pdEnroller - Registration Link

- Click “Register Now” (bright green button)
- Click “Next Step”
- In coupon code box type “OLY”
- Click “Apply Coupon”
- Click “Complete Registration”
- Click “Attendee Page”
- Click on the Web Link to take you to Canvas page
- Enter email
- Click on “new user” and create account OR
- Click on “I already have a login”
- Enter your password
- Click “Enroll in course”

 

Compensation
Upon completion of the 14 hours of training you will be issued a stipend in September 2021.

2019-20 School Year Make-Up Opportunities and New 2020-21 Hires ONLY
Those paraeducators who were required to take the 14 hours during the 2019-20 school year that missed some or all of that training and new hires, WEA is planning to offer additional options for making-up the last year’s 14 hours of training.  WEA and the District will keep you apprised of any upcoming training dates. Please prioritize these training dates and times, as make-up opportunities will be difficult to schedule at times that are convenient for all employees due to the wide variety of schedules.

WEA Sessions

WEA Sessions  Standards

Saturday, May 8, 2021

 

FCS 01 8am-Noon

Registration Link for FCS 01


FCS 02 8am-Noon

Registration Link for FCS 02


FCS 11/12 1pm-5pm

Registration Link for FCS 11/12


FCS 06 1pm-5pm

Registration Link for FCS 06

FCS 01 Cultural Identity and Diversity

FCS 02 Methods of Instruction and Educational Support

FCS 11/12 Communication Basics and Challenges

FCS 06 Professionalism, Equity and Ethics

 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

 

FCS 01 8am-Noon

Registration Link for FCS 01


FCS 02 8am-Noon

Registration Link for FCS 02


FCS 11/12 1pm-5pm

Registration Link for FCS 11/12


FCS 06 1pm-5pm

Registration Link for FCS 06

FCS 01 Cultural Identity and Diversity

 

FCS 02 Methods of Instruction and Educational Support

 

FCS 11/12 Communication Basics and Challenges

 

FCS 06 Professionalism, Equity and Ethics

 

More WEA training dates to follow.  Please watch for additional communication

If you have specific questions, please reach out via the contact information below.

Sincerely,

Mario Mejia OPA President mario.mejia@washingtonea.org
Scott Niemann Executive Director of Human Resources sniemann@osd.wednet.edu

The following are links with pertinent information regarding new paraeducator training requirements:

Overview of the Paraeducator Certificate Program
OSD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)