Operating Procedures for the First Peoples' Program

  1. Schedule Government-To-Government Agreement presentation on the PESB Agenda. (May or may not include presentation of specific individual certification documentation.) Note: WAC 181-78A-700 does NOT require government to government agreements between individual tribes and the Professional Educator Standards Board. Such agreements are encouraged as a way to strengthen the working relationship between individual tribes and the PESB.

  2. Government-To-Government Agreement presentation on PESB agenda. (May or may not include presentation of specific individual certification documentation.) A Government-To-Government Agreement between each Sovereign Tribal Government and the Professional Educator Standards Board needs PESB action only one time. (Note: Each tribe may bring two original copies of the agreement for signature, otherwise the PESB will provide copies.)

  3. Candidates for the certificate follow the certification process outlined by OSPI.  OSPI certification staff issue First Peoples' Language, Culture, and Oral Tribal Traditions Certificates to the individual, or reissue the Initial or Residency certificate with a First Peoples' Language, Culture, and Oral Tribal Traditions Endorsement.