High Impact Practices in Paraprofessional Training

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Presentation from Joseph Davis at the 2011 National Conference for Paraprofessionals.

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High Impact Practices in Paraprofessional Training

  1. 1. High Impact Practices in Paraprofessional training:Professional mentoring<br />Joseph H. Davis, L.C.C.C.<br />Project ISR<br />May 12, 2011<br />
  2. 2. L.C.C.C.’s Paraprofessional Training History<br />Project FLAGSHIP<br />Project SETSAIL<br />Project REACH<br />ISR<br /> All projects have featured mentoring<br />
  3. 3. Mentoring<br />Mentoring places emphasis on student growth:<br /> Academic<br /> Professional<br /> Personal<br />Often students at community colleges are “returning adults” with a variety of responsibilities beyond the college classroom.<br />Mentoring focuses upon student success and growth beyond the classroom.<br />
  4. 4. Objectives of mentoring<br />Linking Students to Role Model<br />Support Academic Success<br />Adjustment to College Life<br />Linking Students to College Community<br />Emotional Support<br />Promote Professional Behavior<br />Connection to Professional Oppurtunities<br />
  5. 5. L.C.C.C. Mentor Model<br />Mentors are not in an administrative relationship or evaluative relationship with students.<br />Mentors have a history of professional success. <br />Mentor sessions are scheduled, structured but remain informal (there is always food!).<br />Mentors have on-going communication with mentee.<br />
  6. 6. Sample Topics of mentor meetings<br />Stress management<br />Professionalism<br />Legal Issues in special education<br />Adjustment to college life<br />Communication skills<br />Team building<br />Job search skills<br />Interview process<br />Careers in education<br />
  7. 7. Dynamic Relationships Between Mentor/mentee<br />Mentors are selected based upon “soft skills”<br />Mentors did not have “smooth path to profession” ( much like CC students!)<br />Mentors show commitment to profession<br />The match between mentor and mentee is crucial<br />
  8. 8. Sample Activities: Communication/Team Building<br /> Birthday Line-up<br /> Tower Building<br /> Feather Play<br /> Feather Juggle<br /> Feather Relay<br /> Puzzle<br /> Snake Pit<br />
  9. 9. Questions?<br />

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