Professional Learning Recognition Program

  • Through the Education Support Professional Career Path Recognition Program, Washoe County School District’s Education Support Professional employees receive recognition and certificates from their supervisors each school year. To earn a Professional Learning Certificate, employees must complete a minimum of 9.5 hours of professional learning activities in a school year. All Washoe County School District professional learning activity completions, including both in-person and online courses, are included in the program.

    The ESP Career Path Recognition Program was developed in 2011 by the WCSD Staff Development Council which included ESPs and department leaders from all departments and job families. Council members conducted a needs assessment survey which involved 1,030 respondents. A follow-up needs assessment was conducted in 2014. The Council also studied program models from other organizations, worked collaboratively to develop a framework model, and created criteria for success.

    The courses in this program have been aligned to the ESP Evaluation Rubric.

    Some of the benefits of the program are as follows:

    • Quality and rigor in professional learning
    • Potential for advancement
    • Recognition from WCSD staff members and administration
    • Effectiveness in planning for professional growth
    • Choice among a wide variety of free, job-specific class offerings

    To enroll in the program, register for classes at

ESP Certificate Levels
Gold Certificate