Paraprofessionals

Introductions

Schedule for Today

Morning break 10:00 - 10:15
Lunch 11:30 - 1:00
Afternoon break 2:15 to 2:30

The Paraprofessionals Guide to the IDEA and Special Education Programs

DVD

What will be covered today?

Roles and Responsibilities
Communication
Documentation


What's in a Name

  • Para-educator
  • Paraprofessional
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Teacher Aide
  • Para
  • Educational Aide
  • What do you want your title to be?

School Employees Work Under the Supervision of Certified Teachers or Other Professionals in a Local Education Agency

See the top of page 7 in "Working with Paraprofessionals"

Roles and Responsibilities

Texas Administrative Code
(TAC), 19 TAC 230.560
Title 19 - Education
Part 7 - State Board for Educator Certification
Sub-chapter S - Educational Aide Certificate
Rule 230.560 - Role Descriptions

Activity

Group yourselves per:
Educational Aide I
Educational Aide II
Educational Aide III
Each group will fill out a graphic organizer or make a poster with the most significant information.
Select a spokesperson
Share with the group

Roles and Responsibilities

Work from pages 7 and 8

Discussion Regarding Roles and Responsibilities

In what ways is the role of a paraprofessional different from that of a teacher, counselor, or administrator?  List or discuss things that a teacher might do, and that you do not, in relation to your workday.

List/Discuss ways in which paraprofessionals may contribute to your position and perhaps student learning?

Students with disabilities and their families might have many education personnel involved in their lives to ensure they receive the services needed to get a free, appropriate public education.  Consider the implications of this in regard to your position.

Non-Negotiables

page 11

General and Special Education Settings

Pages 13 -19

General Education Setting

You will need a highlighter or pen/pencil for highlighting and/or underlining.

Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Development

Lesson Planning

Lesson Implementation

Evaluation of Student Learning

Behavior Management
(Brainstorm Supportive Statements)

Fading of Supports

Classroom Duties

Duties Outside of Classroom

Bus Monitoring


Special Education Setting
page 20 -24

IEP Development

Lesson Planning

Lesson Implementation

Evaluation of Student Learning

Behavior Management

Fading of Supports

Classroom Duties

Duties Outside of Classroom

Bus Monitoring


Non-Traditional Setting

Pages 25-29


IEP Development

Lesson Planning

Lesson Implementation

Evaluation of Student Learning

Behavior Management

Fading of Supports

Classroom Duties

Communication
Paraprofessional's Work Styles Inventory

(Share with a table/shoulder partner a summary of your work style)

Teacher Communication to Paraprofessional

Page 31

Roles

Communication

Rapport

IEPs

Grades/Progress

Classroom Management

Academic Assistance

Training

Planning

Teacher Communication to Student Regarding Para, page 32

Roles

Communication

Rapport

IEPs

Classroom Management

Academic Assistance

Training

Teacher Communication to Parents about Paraprofessional, page 33

Roles

Communication

Rapport

IEPs

Classroom Management

Academic Assistance

Training


Active Listening Activity

Get into groups of 3

Choose one listener, speaker, and observer

Discuss the issue and have a conversation

Observer will give observations regarding the conversation

Debrief
Observers:
What did you see?
Listeners:
What did you do?
Speakers:
How did you feel?

How can this process be used while working with students, parents, and/or teachers?

Confidentiality

Page 34


Discussion

Activity/T Chart

Documentation

Documenting Communication

Page 36

Documentation to gather data for PLAAFP

Documenting to gather data for progress monitoring

Video for Instructional Paras

Contributing to Classroom Management

Conclusion

Reference
Working with Paraprofessionals

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