PESB facilitates work groups by gathering stakeholders from across the field to discuss the critical issues in educator preparation, retention, and diversity. Final outcomes of the workgroups include developing policy recommendations, reports, as well as suggestions for program redesigns.
The purpose of the advancing equity workgroup is to develop and implement best practices that advance equity in educator preparation programs. The work of this group is focused on practices that center racial equity and community engagement, in order to ultimately diversify their candidates and produce more culturally responsive educators.
The case-by-case workgroup is a follow-up workgroup of the recommendations of the testing barriers workgroup and is charged with formulating recommendations for consideration by PESB regarding how to establish a process of permitting candidates exceptions from assessment requirements on a case-by-case basis.
Credentialing for educators of the blind and visually impaired
The credentialing for educators of the blind and visually impaired workgroup will review state policy regarding credentialing for educators of the blind and visually impaired including: the orientation and mobility specialty endorsement, the teacher of the visually impaired specialty endorsement, and a technical review of WAC language related to the national assessment for Unified English Braille instruction.
Credentialing for educators of the deaf
The credentialing for educators of the deaf workgroup will review state policy regarding credentialing for educators of the deaf and hard of hearing including: the deaf education specialty endorsement and a technical review of WAC language related to Career and Technical Education (CTE) American Sign Language interpreter specialty area.
CTE program review
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) educator preparation program review workgroup will develop model recommendations for the ongoing review of CTE Business and Industry route preparation programs (B&I, or Plan 2).
Educator assessment systems
The educator assessment system workgroup will examine current educator assessment requirements and create recommendations for a coherent assessment system, ensuring Washington has a properly credentialed and diverse teaching workforce.
Educator professional growth
The educator professional growth workgroup will review policy and program options for high quality professional growth throughout an educator’s career, including: engagement and retention of in-service educators, standards-based benchmarks, structured options for career-long growth and educator leadership, as well as technical changes in policy resulting from optional second tier licensure.
Professional educator collaborative
The professional educator collaborative will make recommendations on how to strengthen and improve state policies, programs, and pathways that lead to highly effective educators at each level of the public school system.
This workgroup will review the educator discipline system in Washington State, and make recommendations regarding the improvement of the system, and alternative forms of discipline that may be imposed. The workgroup results from HB 1139, and will create recommendations for a report to the legislature.
Standards, approval, and review committee
PESB convenes the standards, approval, and review standing committee to advise state policy regarding educator preparation program standards, approval, and review.