If you don’t see your question answered below, please contact us and we will respond and update our FAQ.

Who is the Working Group?

The working group is made up of education assistants, parents, post-secondary institutions, inclusion organizations, and Teamsters. For a list of current Working Group members, click here.

What are Standards of Practice?

When we talk about Standards of Practice, we are talking about two pieces: the standards themselves and the competencies one must be able to perform to meet the standards set out.

Competency’ refers to behaviour; ‘standard’ refers to a level of service or outcome. In other words, competency describes an activity performed in to meet a standard or standards.

Standards and competencies are a framework for planning and achieving
“best practice.” At the same time, standards provide a baseline measure for providing an essential, or basic, level of service.

Who creates the Standards of Practice?

We believe Standards of Practice should be collaboratively determined by EA’s and other stakeholders, and overseen by the provincial government.

I’m an EA already, how might standards affect my job?

We believe:
• current education assistants will be legacied in their positions.
• professional development opportunities will be enhanced.
• WorkSafe BC claims may go down.
• there will be an increase in the quality of support.
• the role will gain more respect and recognition.

What is the difference between Standards and Job Duties?

Standards guide job duties and practices but employers are responsible for outlining specific job duties.

Will Standards improve my working conditions/wages/hours?

Please contact your local and provincial union representatives to discuss working conditions/wages/hours. These are not within the scope of the Working Group.

What are some examples of potential standards?

Here is a sample from the 2015 DRAFT document of a standard:

excerpt from 2014 Standards of Practice Working Group DRAFT