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Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals Session 30: 10:11:30 Presenter: Dr. Wendy S. Farone Friday, May 13, 2011 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference Harrisburg, PA
PaTTAN’s Mission The mission of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services.
PDE’s Commitment to Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Our goal for each child is to ensure Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams begin with the general education setting with the use of Supplementary Aids and Services before considering a more restrictive environment.
Agenda History of PA’s Paraeducator Training Initiative Paraprofessional! Credential of Competency Implementation of Training Plan Initial Efforts Current Focus
History - Initial Activities Created focus group Defined the issues Developed action plan
History According to IDEA ‘97, a “state may allow paraeducators and assistants who are appropriately trained and supervised in accordance with state law, regulations, or written policy in meeting the requirements…to be used to assist in the provision of special education and related services to children with disabilities…”.
History The Bureau of Special Education’s intention was to assure that the paraprofessionals providing assistance to students with disabilities in PA’s classrooms are appropriately trained and competent.
History - PaTTAN Workgroup Formed Paraprofessional Workgroup meets via Go To Meeting monthly and Face-to-Face yearly. Use of a perpetual agenda keeps important topics and progress of projects as a focus Includes Educational Consultants from behavior, reading, early childhood, transition, Added a parent consultant to our team!
Training Plan – Initial Efforts August 2003 initial full-day training for Paraeducators Half-day for supervisors After-school videoconferences Weekend seminar 2005, 2006, 2007
Training Plan- Current Focus Changes in Laws and regulations
IDEA 2004 and regulations of 2006 required special education paraprofessionals to meet state requirements.
PA State Board of Education included standards for special education paraprofessionals in state regulations effective July 1, 2008.
Paraprofessional Initiative Disseminate state regulation requirement for paraprofessional – Completed. Develop an online accessible professional development series linked to the Chapter 14 standards – Completed. Collaborate with IUs and IHEs to align curriculum and professional development to state standards – Continuous Improvement
Paraprofessional Credential of Competency PA State Regulations state: Instructional paraprofessionals shall meet one of the following qualifications effective July 1, 2010: Have completed at least 2 years of postsecondary study (approx. 48 credits) OR Possess an associate degree or higher OR Meet a rigorous standard of quality as demonstrated through a State or local assessment.
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Training Plan- Current Focus After-school VC series with diverse topics including Low tech Tools for Engaging Learners; Supporting Students Who Have Tourette’s Syndrome; Overview of Seizure Disorders, Strategies for Diffusing Potential Behavior Problems. Online courses available and aligned to the ten Competency Standards Summer series Assist paraprofessionals in obtaining 20 hours of on-going professional development
Training Plan-Current Focus On-going webinars/afterschool videoconferences Archive presentations for easy access Creation of a publication series specifically for paraprofessionals IHE Grants to support Paraprofessional training-Assoc. Degree/Credential Hosting the NRCP Conference!
Paraprofessional Initiative: Efforts and Effects Provided 41 hours of PD to 31,637 participants on skill and knowledge assessed by the Credential of Competency 2010-2011 training targeted to behavior topics Variety of training formats VC, webinar, streaming media, online modules 10 modules to meet Competency standards available on-line 22,831 Certificates of Attendance have been issued to 16,109 paraprofessionals
Paraprofessional Initiative: Efforts and Effects To date, over 11,533 Credentials of Competency have been issued Provided technical assistance to LEAs as they prepared to meet state qualifications standards by July 1, 2010
All paraprofessionals meet requirements and have access to meaningful professional development.
Paraprofessional Initiative: Next Steps Continue to provide after school and summer professional development activities to meet current state requirements. Disseminate paraprofessional folders to organize professional development activities. Partner with IHEs to align curriculum and professional development to meet state standards. Partner with the NRCP to host the 2011 National Conference for Paraprofessionals
Contact Information www.pattan.net Dr. Wendy Farone firstname.lastname@example.org 1-412-826-2336 x6846 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett, Governor Pennsylvania Department of Education Ronald J. Tomalis, Secretary Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, Deputy Secretary Office for Elementary and Secondary Education John J. Tommasini, Director Bureau of Special Education Patricia Hozella, Assistant Director Bureau of Special Education