PESB advances innovation to policy through grants and pilots, work groups, and legislative initiatives. PESB policies demonstrate commitment to diversifying the educator workforce, developing culturally responsive educators, and ensuring equity and access to educator preparation.
Grants and pilots
Grant programs and pilots are aimed at supporting the innovative efforts of districts and educational institutions in their work to support Washington State’s children in public education. The Professional Educator Standards Board is always striving to promote unique strategies statewide that address the teacher shortage and promote diversity in the education profession.
PESB facilitates work groups by gathering stakeholders from across the field together to discuss the most pressing issues in the sphere of educator preparation, retention, and diversity. Final outcomes of the work groups include developing policy recommendations, reports, as well as suggestions for program redesigns.
2019 legislative priorities
In 2019, the Professional Educator Standards Board is focusing on three programs as main legislative priorities
- Grow our own educator pathways
- Eliminating testing barriers
- Supporting students through high-quality paraeducators
This page contains more in-depth information on each of these three initiatives.
Cultural competency standards are woven throughout preparation program design and educator licensure requirements to build a workforce that is responsive to the needs of our state’s students.
The innovation archive contains links to materials from past work groups and programs that have since concluded.