Professional Development

District Professional Development:

Per the 21-24 PESPA CBA, Section 16.1, Employees shall be paid for up to 20 hours for professional learning hours annually at their regular rate to attend District developed job related in-service opportunities, including all relevant trainings that are offered to certificated staff (unless specific class limitations exist), all training designed to qualify for the Washington State Paraeducator Certification (in district, out of district, or online). LPNs may use these hours for continuing education credits required for certification. Should employees wish to attend other job-related classes, classes that relate to another position, workshops or training in lieu of this, prior approval by the Director of Human Resources will be required. The District will provide Paraeducators, Interpreter/Tutors, and Coordinators 14 hours of professional learning annually toward the completion of paraeducator certification as required and funded by the legislature, paid at the employee’s regular rate of pay. Such compensation shall be paid upon proof of attendance/completion submitted to the Director of Human Resources. Clock hours or credit will be awarded for all clock hour eligible training completed. The District’s form will be used with approval of the Director of Human Resources. Compensation for training and classes attended shall not preclude the employee from earning clock hours or credits. Ten clock hours equal one credit for calculating increments in Schedule A, of the 21-24 PESPA CBA.

Interpreters and LPNs please read Section 16.2 as well.

See Section 16.3, Specialized Training, for information regarding training courses required as a condition of continued employment. 

Once you've received approval and after completing the class, you will need to complete a timesheet for the approved number of hours of in-service pay and submit it, with proof of attendance and clock hour form, to HR for processing.

PESPA Professional Development Scholarships:

Cassandra Meacham - Chairperson

PESPA Professional Development Scholarships are available for you to attend classes, workshops or conferences to help you improve yourself for the position you hold and to qualify for the State Core Competencies.  Scholarships will be awarded up to $100 per person per year, on a first-come first-served basis, until our budget is exhausted.  Here's how to apply:

Contact Cassandra Meacham - ï»¿to obtain any forms that must be completed, or click on the link below.  Return the forms to her by courier in care of Wildwood Elementary and she will approve or deny your application by email.

When you register for training, you will pay all expenses from your own pocket.

When the course is successfully completed, send proof of attendance along with copies of the receipts for reimbursement to Cassie.  If your request was approved, a reimbursement check will be sent to you.

Professional Development Reimbursement Form