Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals<br />Session 30: 10:11:30<br />Presenter: Dr. Wendy S. Farone<br />...
PaTTAN’s Mission<br />The mission of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is to support the...
PDE’s Commitment to Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)<br />Our goal for each child is to ensure Individualized Education...
Agenda<br />History of PA’s Paraeducator Training Initiative<br />				  Paraprofessional!<br />Credential of Competency<br...
History - Initial Activities<br />Created focus group<br />Defined the issues<br />Developed action plan<br />
History<br />According to IDEA ‘97, a “state may allow paraeducators and assistants who are appropriately trained and supe...
History<br />The Bureau of Special Education’s intention was to assure that the paraprofessionals providing assistance to ...
History - Defining the Issues<br /><ul><li>Paraeducators are an integral part of the educational team
Receive little or no professional development
Changing role from clerical/routine to instructional assignments
Increasing number of paraeducators employed
Approximate number of paraeducators employed by LEAs in PA</li></ul>			2001-2002		11,500 <br />			2007-2008		19,200<br />
Survey Says! History – Goals and Activities<br />Goal One<br /><ul><li>Identify current training efforts in Pennsylvania f...
Data collection/observation
Confidentiality/legal issues
Positive behavior support and classroom management
Dealing with children in crisis situations – medical/safety issues
Appropriate child/paraeducator relationships
Professionalism</li></li></ul><li>History – Goals and Activities<br />Goal Three<br /><ul><li>Identify competencies for pa...
Attended the NRCP Conference to get ideas!</li></li></ul><li>History – Goals and Activities<br />Goal Four<br /><ul><li>De...
PDE began issuing Credentials -November 2003</li></li></ul><li>History - PaTTAN Workgroup Formed<br />Paraprofessional Wor...
Training Plan – Initial Efforts<br />August 2003 initial full-day training for Paraeducators<br />Half-day for supervisors...
Training Plan- Current Focus<br />Changes in Laws and regulations<br /><ul><li>IDEA 2004 and regulations of 2006 required ...
PA State Board of Education included standards for special education paraprofessionals in state regulations effective July...
Paraprofessional Credential of Competency<br />PA State Regulations state:<br />Instructional paraprofessionals shall meet...
Credential of Competency<br />http://pattan.framewelder.com/<br />
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    1. 1. Building a Community of Pennsylvania Paraprofessionals<br />Session 30: 10:11:30<br />Presenter: Dr. Wendy S. Farone<br />Friday, May 13, 2011<br />National Resource Center <br />for Paraprofessionals Conference<br />Harrisburg, PA<br />
    2. 2. PaTTAN’s Mission<br />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.<br />
    3. 3. PDE’s Commitment to Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)<br />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.<br />
    4. 4. Agenda<br />History of PA’s Paraeducator Training Initiative<br /> Paraprofessional!<br />Credential of Competency<br />Implementation of Training Plan<br />Initial Efforts<br />Current Focus<br />
    5. 5. History - Initial Activities<br />Created focus group<br />Defined the issues<br />Developed action plan<br />
    6. 6. History<br />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…”.<br />
    7. 7. History<br />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.<br />
    8. 8. History - Defining the Issues<br /><ul><li>Paraeducators are an integral part of the educational team
    9. 9. Receive little or no professional development
    10. 10. Changing role from clerical/routine to instructional assignments
    11. 11. Increasing number of paraeducators employed
    12. 12. Approximate number of paraeducators employed by LEAs in PA</li></ul> 2001-2002 11,500 <br /> 2007-2008 19,200<br />
    13. 13. Survey Says! History – Goals and Activities<br />Goal One<br /><ul><li>Identify current training efforts in Pennsylvania for paraeducators working in special education.</li></ul>Activity<br /><ul><li>PDE found that training for paraeducators is sporadic, non-systemic, and dependent on local awareness</li></li></ul><li>History - Goals and Activities<br />Goal Two<br /><ul><li>Identify the training needs of paraeducators providing special education and related services in Pennsylvania.</li></ul>Activities<br />Training needs identified:<br /><ul><li>Specific disabilities
    14. 14. Data collection/observation
    15. 15. Confidentiality/legal issues
    16. 16. Positive behavior support and classroom management
    17. 17. Dealing with children in crisis situations – medical/safety issues
    18. 18. Appropriate child/paraeducator relationships
    19. 19. Professionalism</li></li></ul><li>History – Goals and Activities<br />Goal Three<br /><ul><li>Identify competencies for paraeducators providing special education and related services in Pennsylvania.</li></ul>Activities<br /><ul><li>Developed a set of knowledge and skills for paraeducators based on the CEC standards as well as other national resources
    20. 20. Attended the NRCP Conference to get ideas!</li></li></ul><li>History – Goals and Activities<br />Goal Four<br /><ul><li>Develop a system of recognition for paraeducators demonstrating acquired competencies in the area of special education and related services.</li></ul>Activities<br /><ul><li>PDE to establish a voluntary Pennsylvania Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators
    21. 21. PDE began issuing Credentials -November 2003</li></li></ul><li>History - PaTTAN Workgroup Formed<br />Paraprofessional Workgroup meets via Go To Meeting monthly and Face-to-Face yearly.<br />Use of a perpetual agenda keeps important topics and progress of projects as a focus<br />Includes Educational Consultants from behavior, reading, early childhood, transition, <br />Added a parent consultant to our team!<br />
    22. 22. Training Plan – Initial Efforts<br />August 2003 initial full-day training for Paraeducators<br />Half-day for supervisors<br />After-school videoconferences<br />Weekend seminar 2005, 2006, 2007<br />
    23. 23. Training Plan- Current Focus<br />Changes in Laws and regulations<br /><ul><li>IDEA 2004 and regulations of 2006 required special education paraprofessionals to meet state requirements.
    24. 24. PA State Board of Education included standards for special education paraprofessionals in state regulations effective July 1, 2008.</li></li></ul><li>Paraprofessional Initiative <br />Disseminate state regulation requirement for paraprofessional – Completed. <br />Develop an online accessible professional development series linked to the Chapter 14 standards – Completed.<br />Collaborate with IUs and IHEs to align curriculum and professional development to state standards – Continuous Improvement<br />
    25. 25. Paraprofessional Credential of Competency<br />PA State Regulations state:<br />Instructional paraprofessionals shall meet one of the following qualifications effective July 1, 2010:<br />Have completed at least 2 years of postsecondary study (approx. 48 credits) OR<br />Possess an associate degree or higher OR<br />Meet a rigorous standard of quality as demonstrated through a State or local assessment.<br />
    26. 26. Credential of Competency<br />http://pattan.framewelder.com/<br />
    27. 27. Training Plan- Current Focus<br />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.<br />Online courses available and aligned to the ten Competency Standards<br />Summer series <br />Assist paraprofessionals in obtaining 20 hours of on-going professional development<br />
    28. 28. Training Plan-Current Focus<br />On-going webinars/afterschool videoconferences<br />Archive presentations for easy access<br />Creation of a publication series specifically for paraprofessionals<br />IHE Grants to support Paraprofessional training-Assoc. Degree/Credential<br />Hosting the NRCP Conference!<br />
    29. 29. Paraprofessional Initiative: Efforts and Effects<br />Provided 41 hours of PD to 31,637 participants on skill and knowledge assessed by the Credential of Competency<br />2010-2011 training targeted to behavior topics<br />Variety of training formats<br />VC, webinar, streaming media, online modules<br />10 modules to meet Competency standards available on-line<br />22,831 Certificates of Attendance have been issued to 16,109 paraprofessionals<br />
    30. 30. Paraprofessional Initiative: Efforts and Effects<br />To date, over 11,533 Credentials of Competency have been issued<br />Provided technical assistance to LEAs as they prepared to meet state qualifications standards by July 1, 2010<br />
    31. 31. Paraprofessional Initiative<br />Credentials Issued<br />11/03 - 3/072048<br />4/07 - 3/08678<br />4/08 - 3/09824<br />4/09 - 2/8/102826<br />
    32. 32. Next Steps<br /><ul><li>Partner with community colleges to align courses with state requirements (e.g. IHE Grants 2011)
    33. 33. Partner with LEAs to understand competencies and offer online courses to paraprofessionals
    34. 34. Offer sessions for high-need topics, e.g., Autism, Reading Instruction, Behavior, Job-Coaching
    35. 35. All paraprofessionals meet requirements and have access to meaningful professional development.</li></li></ul><li>Paraprofessional Initiative: Next Steps<br />Continue to provide after school and summer professional development activities to meet current state requirements.<br />Disseminate paraprofessional folders to organize professional development activities.<br />Partner with IHEs to align curriculum and professional development to meet state standards.<br />Partner with the NRCP to host the 2011 National Conference for Paraprofessionals<br />
    36. 36. Contact Information www.pattan.net<br />Dr. Wendy Farone<br />wfarone@pattan.net<br />1-412-826-2336 x6846<br />Commonwealth of Pennsylvania<br />Tom Corbett, Governor<br />Pennsylvania Department of Education<br />Ronald J. Tomalis, Secretary<br />Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, Deputy Secretary<br />Office for Elementary and Secondary Education<br />John J. Tommasini, Director<br />Bureau of Special Education<br />Patricia Hozella, Assistant Director<br />Bureau of Special Education<br />

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