Professional Development for Certified Teachers

Teacher Retooling (Adding An Endorsement)

NWED is pleased to announce a retooling program that allows certified teachers the opportunity to earn a new endorsement in a streamlined, efficient, and economical process.

Endorsements Available

  • Early Childhood Education (P-3)

  • Elementary Education (K-8)

  • Special Education (P-12)

Program Outline

  • Open Enrollment - Apply Anytime

  • Continuous Enrollment 

  • Required testing

  • Online module work, assessments, and assignments.

  • Field observations and evaluation

  • Recommendation upon completion of required elements

  • Program duration is 4 to 6 months

Cost*

$3,500 plus testing and course texts

Entrance Requirements

  • Completed Application

  • Washington State Teaching Certificate

  • Field placement (current or found placement site)

  • Official transcripts from your teacher certificate program

Required Testing

All candidates must take the appropriate NES/WEST-E for their endorsement. NWED cannot accept any out of state testing. The required testing is listed below.  (Note: All tests can be completed by the end of the program and do not need to be taken prior to entry to the Retooling Program.)

 

*NWED does not participate in the PESB Retooling Conditional Loan Program.  However, NWED does offer a no interest 10 month payment plan.  Candidates are not recommended for the endorsement until they have paid in full.  

Register for Tests

Pre-Endorsement Waiver
Required Tests

Endorsement

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Special Education

Test

Test #

Test Name

Score

NES

NES

NES

WEST-E

101

102

103

070

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education Subtest I

Elementary Education Subtest II

220

220

220

240

Special Education

Clock Hour Courses

NWED is excited to offer a variety of courses for clock hours for your teachers and administrators in 2022-2023. Each offering consists of:

  • An online learning module

  • A reflection piece

  • 30 clock hours

  • Cost: $99

NOTE:  Current NWED Candidates should contact Jim at jamesfmickel@nwed.org to manually set up access to the Professional Development courses.

 

Courses for Teachers  (Click Here to Download List)

Information on Washington Clock Hours

Course 710: Professional Liability Quicksand for Educators

This course covers the critical professional expectations of every teacher, guiding them on how to avoid mistakes and pitfalls in their daily experience. Topics include: Code of Professional Conduct, mandated reporting, Educational Policies and Codes, Boundary Invasion,  landmark supreme court cases, searching students, FERPA, professional accountability, The Hatch Amendment, copyright materials, 504 and IDEA policies/law, joining a union, conduct verses performance, Weingarten Rights, Loudermill, Employee Conduct Rules, texting, phone use, the importance of documentation, social media, and many other nuances that teachers face in their profession. 

 

Course 715: Increasing Student Engagement in the Classroom

This course addresses the importance of engagement in the classroom and offers practical ideas to increase engagement and learning for all students. Topics Include: Definition of student and intellectual engagement, the importance and levels of engagement, critical elements and indicators of engagement, creating engagement, the engaging environment, maximizing instructional time, gaining and keeping student attention, engaging lesson planning, engaging strategies. 

Course 720: Teaching Diverse Learners

This course addresses how to teach to diverse learners in the classroom, providing new tools for teachers and a deeper understanding of the necessity to reach the needs of all learners.

Topics Include: Definition of diverse learners, defining cultural competency, differentiation and modification of curriculum, creating a culturally responsive classroom, discussion strategies, culturally responsive strategies, total participation techniques, intentional groupings, student surveys, learner profiles.

Course 725: Special Education and Working with Para-professionals

This course covers the responsibilities of teachers working with special education students as well as paraprofessionals. Topics Covered: History of special education, Federal special education laws, overview of disabilities, eight principles of special education, responsibilities for general education teachers, roles and support staff, accommodations and modification, IEP/504 plans, Child Find, Individual Family Service Plans, least restrictive environment, FAPE, special education services, procedural safeguards, FERPA, legal responsibilities, parent participation,  non-discriminatory testing, working with paraprofessionals/sped teams, special education resources.

Course 730: Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency

This course explores the topics of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, equity and intersectionality, providing a variety of resources and strategies for teachers to use in their classroom. Topics Covered: Definitions of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, and equity, engaging students in these topics, implementation strategies, intersection of concepts, benefits of cultural competency topics, communication with parents.

Course 735 Improving Family and Community Engagement

This course provides useful and practical information to help teachers improve their engagement with families and community organizations to improve student success. Topics Covered: Defining engagement, engagement versus involvement, exploring levels of engagement, parent involvement, community engagement, resources and strategies for engagement, conducting parent meetings, creating a professional environment, conducting conferences, Back to School events, Communication techniques with parents, creating classroom newsletters, websites, surveys, emailing, planners, homework, weekly folders. 

Course 740: Elementary Classroom Management

This course provides a variety of new and foundational concepts to upgrade and tighten teachers’ classroom management and questioning skills in their elementary classroom.  Topics Covered: Create an atmosphere of rapport and respect, morning meetings, positive feedback, modeling, independent work time, creating choice, learning centers, displaying work, setting high expectations, classroom procedures and transitions, schedules, routines, working with paraprofessionals, managing volunteers, managing student behavior, rules and expectations, progressive discipline, restorative approach, behavior intervention, communicating with parents, organizing physical spaces, effective questioning skills, higher order questioning. 

Course 745: Secondary Classroom Management

This course provides a variety of new and foundational concepts to upgrade and tighten teachers’ classroom management and questioning skills in their secondary classroom. Topics Covered: Create an atmosphere of rapport and respect, positive feedback, modeling, independent work time, creating choice, setting high expectations, classroom procedures and transitions, schedules, routines, working with paraprofessionals, managing volunteers, managing student behavior, rules and expectations, progressive discipline, restorative approach, behavior intervention, communicating with parents, organizing physical spaces, effective questioning skills, higher order questioning. 

Course 750: Teaching Students of Poverty and Trauma

This course presents a variety of strategies to engage students and families of poverty as well as information on ACES and Trauma Informed Teaching. Topics Covered: The five barriers to education, the poverty cycle, diversity statistics, poverty and classroom engagement, health and nutrition, the effects of poverty on literacy, growth mindset, effort/resilience, the disadvantages of poverty, social-emotional aptitude, inclusion in the classroom, race, impact of race on educational success, culturally responsive teaching, childhood trauma, ACES and Trauma Informed Teaching practices, suicide prevention, social-emotional well being for teachers and staff, teacher fatigue and burnout.

Course 760: Teaching STEAM in the Classroom

 

This course presents a variety of engaging STEAM strategies and ideas for the classroom. Topics include: The definition of STEAM, the STEAM process, benefits, STEAM vs STEM, positive attributes, project-based learning, collaboration, the making of a strong project, objectives, STEAM prompts, activities and strategies for each category: science, technology, engineering, arts, math, Makerspace, clubs, fieldtrips, community partners, real world projects, supplies, resources, assessments.

Course 755: Child Abuse, Mandated Reporting, ACES, and SEL in the classroom

This course examines the critical topics of identifying child abuse and the requirement of mandated reporting. It also provides information on Adverse Childhood Conditions (ACES) and implementing Social Emotional Learning practices in the classroom. Topics Covered: Definition of abuse: physical, sexual, negligent, abandonment; indicators, connection to substance abuse, mandated reporting requirements, keeping records of reporting/abuse, expectations and process of reporting, racial disproportionality, impact on behavior and learning, ACES, ACES and toxic stress, trauma informed practices, social emotional learning, systemic SEL, conflict resolution and mindfulness, foster children in the classroom, suicide. 

 

Courses for Administrators

Course 830: Student Misconduct Investigations from a Principal Lens

This course provides instruction on the reporting and investigation of student misconduct, guiding administrators through the documentation process. Topics include: Contact requirements, Title IX, Steps of the Investigation, Principles of Just Cause, Interviewing techniques, Types of interview questions, Types of evidence, Necessary timelines, Contractual obligations, Handling allegations, Accommodations, What not to do, Drafting reports, Examples and further guidance.