Public School Employees of Washington SEIU Local 1948 is honored to be among this year’s winners of the 2019 ASAE Power of A Awards, the highest industry honors for associations. ASAE honored PSE with a Silver Award for its contributions to paraeducator development in Washington State.
Washington is the first state in the nation to recognize paraeducators as the professionals they are by implementing standards and a training structure for the profession. Thanks to the lobbying efforts of PSE members, over 25,000 paraeducators in the public school system will finally receive the training that they desperately need. But at the end of the day, it’s the students who will benefit, especially those who are in the opportunity gap.
“This would not have been possible without the dedication of PSE members who have spent countless volunteer hours traveling to Olympia to meet with elected officials,” said Charlotte Shindler, PSE State President. “They have held phone banks, texted thousands of fellow paraeducators to raise their voices about this issue, and dedicated time and energy outside of school to benefit the entire education system.”
“We applaud PSE SEIU 1948 for creating and implementing such a collaborative initiative that strengthens society,” said Sharon J. Swan, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “Their initiative exemplifies how no other sector helps improve lives as comprehensively as the association community.”
ASAE’s Power of A Awards, the industry’s highest honor, recognize the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national, and global levels. The Power of A Awards reward the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals who work tirelessly to solve problems, and strengthen lives, the workforce, the economy, and the world.