Since paraeducators work with many students with social or emotional difficulties while in school, it is great to see the legislature include them in this year’s social emotional learning bill, SB 5082. This bill will first of all set up a SEL (Social, Emotional Learning) committee. This committee will among other things adopt standards and benchmarks for social, emotional learning. Those standards and benchmarks that affect paraeducator (teachers and principals as well) training will be incorporated by the PESB (Professional Educator Standards Board) by January 1, 2020, into paraeducator standards and competencies. Competencies must include the following:
…. trauma-informed practices,
….adverse childhood experiences,
….mental health literacy,
….antibullying strategies, and
….culturally sustaining practices.