State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on bullying prevention and response.
Bullying in Washington Schools
This document addresses incorporating instruction on bullying prevention into professional development
Revised Code of Washington 28A.410.270 Washington professional educator Standard board — Performance Standard — Certification levels — Teacher effectiveness evaluations — Requirements for professional certificate and residency teaching certificate — Demonstration of educator preparation programs’ outcomes.
(c) By January 1, 2020, in order to ensure that teachers can recognize signs of emotional or behavioral distress in students and appropriately refer students for assistance and support, the Washington professional educator Standard board shall incorporate along the entire continuum the social-emotional learning Standard and benchmarks recommended by the social-emotional learning benchmarks work group in its October 1, 2016, final report titled, “addressing social emotional learning in Washington’s K-12 public schools.” In incorporating the social-emotional learning Standard and benchmarks, the Washington professional educator Standard board must include related competencies, such as trauma-informed practices, consideration of adverse childhood experiences, mental health literacy, antibullying strategies, and culturally sustaining practices.