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A presentation from the 2006 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference

A presentation from the 2006 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference
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  • A Blueprint for Success:
    • Personnel Development for Paraeducators-Utah’s Building Blocks
    • NRCP CONFERENCE
    • 2006
  • Utah Paraeducator Infrastructure: Building Blocks
    • Utah Paraeducator Consortium— 1985
    • State Standards & Guidelines in Special Education (May 1985)
    • State Standards Instructional Paraeducators (2003)
    • Legislative Resolution ( HJR 15 ) “ Raising Public Awareness of Vital Role of Paraeducators” (3/06)
    • Career Development
      • Paraeducator to Teacher – Pilot
      • USU articulation agree .
        • Special Education
        • Elementary Education
    • Training—Distance Ed.
      • Salt Lake Community College
      • Utah State University
      • BYU
      • Utah Personnel Development Center
      • Davis Applied Tech Center
      • District
    • Networking
      • Newsletter: PARAgraph
      • Website
        • www.utahpara.org
    • State Paraeducator Conference
      • 10 th Annual
      • Provides Training & Networking
      • University Credit
  • Utah Paraprofessional Consortium
    • Mission Statement
      The mission of the Utah Paraprofessional Consortium is to promote training and support for paraprofessionals leading to improved outcomes for children, youth and families .
  • Consortium Membership
    • Monthly meetings/open membership—state wide video conferencing
    • Representatives from USOE
      • Title 1
      • Special Education
      • State Licensure
      • State Improvement Grant
      • Alternative Language Services (ALS)
    • Paraeducators
    • District Administrators/Coordinators
      • Title 1, Special Ed, Human Resources, ALS, 504, Principals
    • SLCC Community College
    • Davis Applied Technology College
    • 4 year Institutions
    • Associations
  • Revising Paraprofessional Standards ‘85 — Why?
    • Legislative Mandates- NCLB & IDEA
    • Focus on knowledge and skill standards
    • Intent is to make content “All Inclusive”
      • “ All Instructional Paraeducators”
    • Directly tied to
      • assessment
      • training
  • Under the supervision of licensed and/or certificated personnel the instructional paraprofessional will: Demonstrate professionalism and ethical practices . P araprofessionals have a working knowledge of responsibilities and job expectations. Ethical practices are the foundation of all interactions. Support instructional opportunities. P araprofessionals assist and participate in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of learning experiences. Support a positive learning environment. Paraprofessionals have a working knowledge of the learning environment – physical, social, emotional, and behavioral. Communicate effectively and participate in the team process. Paraprofessionals interact proactively with students, parents, community, and staff to enhance student outcomes.
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  • NCLB: What’s happening in Utah?
    • Utah Paraprofessional Consortium worked collaboratively with the USOE to develop MULTIPLE options to assist paraeducators in meeting the requirements.
      • ASSESSMENT
        • Educational Testing Services: PRAXIS
          • PARApro (new hires)
        • Western Governor’s University
        • Portfolio development for paraeducators who were hired prior Jan 2002.
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  • Portfolio: Lines of Evidence
    • 10 methods of documenting knowledge and/or skill competence for a paraeducator portfolio.
    • Board of Education approved.
    • Each method outlines specific conditions essential to meet the criteria, and demonstrate mastery for each competency.
  • Portfolio: Lines of Evidence
    • Examples:
      • University coursework
      • Transcripts for credit documentation
      • Annual performance evaluation
      • Letters of support from principals, supervising teacher,parents
      • Letter from district stating years of employment and schools
      • Documentation of inservice, hours & topics
      • Documentation of other pertinent training (CPR, EMT, etc.)
      • Direct observations
  • What’s happening in Utah?
    • Training options
      • Salt Lake Community College—Interactive Distance Education (statewide)
        • Paraeducator Associate Degree
        • Certificate of Completion
        • Articulates with University Teacher Prep Programs
      • Davis Applied Technology College
      • 2 University Programs in development stages & Davis Applied Technology Center approved by State Board
      • District Training ( district personnel or UPDC)
      • Individual University Courses (onsite or distance education)
      • Primary concern -- $$$ & time
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    • State Paraeducator Conference (10th Annual)
      • Provides 2 days of Training & Networking
      • Over 1,000 attendees
      • University Credit
      • Certificates of Attendance for Portfolios
      • District follow-up
      • Special Conference Edition PARAgraph
    • State Database
      • CACTUS
    • Vehicles of Dissemination
      • Newsletters for state and local directors and administrators
      • Conference presentations
      • Regional and Local Training Workshops
    • Newsletter PARAgraph
      • 4 Editions/year
      • Grant--CSPD funding
    • Website
        • www.utahpara.org
    Networking & Dissemination
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  • Utah Resources:
    • www.utahparas.org
    • www.nrcpara.org
    • www.usu.edu/moose/USU/index.htm
    • www.updc.org
    • Marilyn Likins
    • [email_address] (801)272-1091 ext. 221