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Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals
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Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals

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Presentation at the 2011 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference by Wendy Farone.

Presentation at the 2011 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference by Wendy Farone.

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    • 1. 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
    • 2. 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.
    • 3. 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.
    • 4. Agenda
      History of PA’s Paraeducator Training Initiative
      Paraprofessional!
      Credential of Competency
      Implementation of Training Plan
      Initial Efforts
      Current Focus
    • 5. History - Initial Activities
      Created focus group
      Defined the issues
      Developed action plan
    • 6. 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…”.
    • 7. 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.
    • 8. History - Defining the Issues
      • Paraeducators are an integral part of the educational team
      • 9. Receive little or no professional development
      • 10. Changing role from clerical/routine to instructional assignments
      • 11. Increasing number of paraeducators employed
      • 12. Approximate number of paraeducators employed by LEAs in PA
      2001-2002 11,500
      2007-2008 19,200
    • 13. Survey Says! History – Goals and Activities
      Goal One
      • Identify current training efforts in Pennsylvania for paraeducators working in special education.
      Activity
      • PDE found that training for paraeducators is sporadic, non-systemic, and dependent on local awareness
    • History - Goals and Activities
      Goal Two
      • Identify the training needs of paraeducators providing special education and related services in Pennsylvania.
      Activities
      Training needs identified:
      • Specific disabilities
      • 14. Data collection/observation
      • 15. Confidentiality/legal issues
      • 16. Positive behavior support and classroom management
      • 17. Dealing with children in crisis situations – medical/safety issues
      • 18. Appropriate child/paraeducator relationships
      • 19. Professionalism
    • History – Goals and Activities
      Goal Three
      • Identify competencies for paraeducators providing special education and related services in Pennsylvania.
      Activities
      • Developed a set of knowledge and skills for paraeducators based on the CEC standards as well as other national resources
      • 20. Attended the NRCP Conference to get ideas!
    • History – Goals and Activities
      Goal Four
      • Develop a system of recognition for paraeducators demonstrating acquired competencies in the area of special education and related services.
      Activities
      • PDE to establish a voluntary Pennsylvania Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators
      • 21. PDE began issuing Credentials -November 2003
    • 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!
    • 22. Training Plan – Initial Efforts
      August 2003 initial full-day training for Paraeducators
      Half-day for supervisors
      After-school videoconferences
      Weekend seminar 2005, 2006, 2007
    • 23. Training Plan- Current Focus
      Changes in Laws and regulations
      • IDEA 2004 and regulations of 2006 required special education paraprofessionals to meet state requirements.
      • 24. 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
    • 25. 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.
    • 26. Credential of Competency
      http://pattan.framewelder.com/
    • 27. 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
    • 28. 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!
    • 29. 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
    • 30. 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
    • 31. Paraprofessional Initiative
      Credentials Issued
      11/03 - 3/072048
      4/07 - 3/08678
      4/08 - 3/09824
      4/09 - 2/8/102826
    • 32. Next Steps
      • Partner with community colleges to align courses with state requirements (e.g. IHE Grants 2011)
      • 33. Partner with LEAs to understand competencies and offer online courses to paraprofessionals
      • 34. Offer sessions for high-need topics, e.g., Autism, Reading Instruction, Behavior, Job-Coaching
      • 35. 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
    • 36. Contact Information www.pattan.net
      Dr. Wendy Farone
      wfarone@pattan.net
      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

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