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.
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Completed work groups and their recommendations can be found in the Innovation Archive.
Advancing Systemic Equity
The purpose of the Advancing Systemic Equity Work Group 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.
Career & Technical Education
The purpose of the Career & Technical Education Work Group is to assess the current system of Career & Technical Education preparation and licensing and develop recommendations to clarify requirements, improve access, and maintain high standards for preparation and licensure.
Educator Career Continuum
The purpose of the Educator Career Continuum Work Group will be to provide recommendations to the Board on the future of the career-long continuum for educators, with a particular focus on how to ensure educators have access to high-quality, relevant continuing education for maintaining their certification. Issues to be considered include incentives, support, and the continued development of educators in our state.
Limited certificates provide an entry point to the profession and provide flexibility in meeting educator workforce needs. The Limited Certificate Work Group will review policy in WAC related to the limited certificates, with a goal of maintaining flexibility while adding cohesiveness to the system. The Limited Certificate Work Group will also be exploring a potential new certificate for pre-service educators. Recommendations from the work group will be provided to the PESB.
National Board Issues
The large number of National Board renewal candidates in the last few years, and the amount of time that has passed since the creation of an equivalency chart between National Board Certification and Washington state endorsements has brought two National Board issues to attention at this time:
- Clock Hours for National Board Renewal
- National Board Endorsement Equivalencies
The National Board Issues Work Group will develop recommendations to the board regarding these issues.
The purpose of the Testing Barriers Work Group is to thoroughly investigate the barriers that testing creates for candidates, particularly bilingual and candidates of color, and develop recommendations for consideration by the PESB and the legislature.