Fundamental Course of Study Training opportunities

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As most of you know, all paras in the Olympia School District (except preschool paras and bus monitors) are required to take 28 hours of training for the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS). The ESD 113 is providing some upcoming training opportunities for Olympia School District paraeducators. During the 2021-22 school year, 14 hours of training is required – 11 hours will be via Zoom, and 3 hours will be asynchronous courses.

Please note that space is limited for the Zoom sessions to 30 people per training, so sign up as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Asynchronous training can be completed on your own time, but due no later than July 31, 2022.

If you are unsure what training you need please email April Pigue at before you sign up for any of the training.

You MUST use the registration links listed below. These are for OSD use only. You will be unable to use the “search” function in pdEnroller.

PdEnroller Sessions

September 27-30
Mon-Wed, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Registration Link

November 29-December 2
Mon-Wed, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Registration Link

October 4-7
Mon-Wed, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Registration Link

December 6-9
Mon-Wed, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Registration Link

Training Location All training will be held via Zoom.  You will receive a link once you have registered.

Standards (First 14 hours) – New Hire to OSD

FCS01, Introduction to Cultural Identity & Diversity
FCS02, Methods of Educational & Instructional Support
FCS04, Using & Collecting Data
FCS11, Communication Basics

Please note: FCS 10 (Positive & Safe Learning Environment) will be asynchronous.
Registration Link

STandards (second 14 hours) – 2nd year with OSD

FCS05, District Orientation of Roles & Responsibilities
FCS06, Equity
FCS07, Behavior Management Strategies (including de-escalation techniques)
FCS08, Child & Adolescent Development
FCS09, Emergency & Health Safety

Please note: FCS 03 (Technology Basics) & FCS12 (Communication Challenges) will be asynchronous.
FCS 03 – Registration Link
FCS 12 – Registration Link

More dates will be added as they are scheduled.  For additional information regarding the FCS training in the Olympia School District, please view the OSD Paraeduator Certificate Program FAQ.

2020-21 Stipend Payment Update

The District recently received information from OSPI that the reimbursement to the District for those paras who completed the FCS 14 hours during the 2020-2021 school year has been delayed. Therefore, those eligible for the stipend will be paid in their October paycheck. We apologize for any inconvenience.