A major component of advancing equity in education is ensuring that each and every student learns from well-prepared educators. As such, a critical step in an educator’s preparation journey is their ability to demonstrate cultural responsiveness, and center diversity, equity, and inclusion in the ways they support their students. Statewide standards equip educators with the tools they need to do this.
In 2021, the Legislature passed SB 5044, requiring PESB to review and revise Washington’s educator standards, and ensure the alignment of those standards with cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion (CCDEI) practices.
The revised standards will apply to all educator roles and will be used in the preparation of educator candidates and in professional learning opportunities throughout an educator’s career. The current cultural competency standards will be used until the revised standards are available.
PESB will begin the multi-phased review process in Spring 2021 by collecting feedback via community listening sessions and a public survey. In Summer 2021, the first of three phases will kick-off.
- Phase 1: A technical advisory workgroup will convene to develop draft standards and a rubric
- Phase 2: Engage partners and stakeholders to collect feedback and recommendations to the new draft standards
- Phase 3: The PESB board will consider approval and implementation of the new CCDEI standards