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Building Systems in Utah: A Blueprint for Success

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A presentation from the 2006 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference
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Building Systems in Utah: A Blueprint for Success

  1. 1. A Blueprint for Success: <ul><li>Personnel Development for Paraeducators-Utah’s Building Blocks </li></ul><ul><li>NRCP CONFERENCE </li></ul><ul><li>2006 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Utah Paraeducator Infrastructure: Building Blocks <ul><li>Utah Paraeducator Consortium— 1985 </li></ul><ul><li>State Standards & Guidelines in Special Education (May 1985) </li></ul><ul><li>State Standards Instructional Paraeducators (2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative Resolution ( HJR 15 ) “ Raising Public Awareness of Vital Role of Paraeducators” (3/06) </li></ul><ul><li>Career Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paraeducator to Teacher – Pilot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USU articulation agree . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Training—Distance Ed. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Salt Lake Community College </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utah State University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BYU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utah Personnel Development Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Davis Applied Tech Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsletter: PARAgraph </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.utahpara.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>State Paraeducator Conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10 th Annual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides Training & Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University Credit </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Utah Paraprofessional Consortium <ul><li>Mission Statement </li></ul>  The mission of the Utah Paraprofessional Consortium is to promote training and support for paraprofessionals leading to improved outcomes for children, youth and families .
  4. 4. Consortium Membership <ul><li>Monthly meetings/open membership—state wide video conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Representatives from USOE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Licensure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Improvement Grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative Language Services (ALS) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paraeducators </li></ul><ul><li>District Administrators/Coordinators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title 1, Special Ed, Human Resources, ALS, 504, Principals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SLCC Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Davis Applied Technology College </li></ul><ul><li>4 year Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Associations </li></ul>
  5. 5. Revising Paraprofessional Standards ‘85 — Why? <ul><li>Legislative Mandates- NCLB & IDEA </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on knowledge and skill standards </li></ul><ul><li>Intent is to make content “All Inclusive” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ All Instructional Paraeducators” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Directly tied to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>training </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 9. NCLB: What’s happening in Utah? <ul><li>Utah Paraprofessional Consortium worked collaboratively with the USOE to develop MULTIPLE options to assist paraeducators in meeting the requirements. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASSESSMENT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Educational Testing Services: PRAXIS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PARApro (new hires) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Western Governor’s University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolio development for paraeducators who were hired prior Jan 2002. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 11. Portfolio: Lines of Evidence <ul><li>10 methods of documenting knowledge and/or skill competence for a paraeducator portfolio. </li></ul><ul><li>Board of Education approved. </li></ul><ul><li>Each method outlines specific conditions essential to meet the criteria, and demonstrate mastery for each competency. </li></ul>
  9. 12. Portfolio: Lines of Evidence <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University coursework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transcripts for credit documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual performance evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters of support from principals, supervising teacher,parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letter from district stating years of employment and schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation of inservice, hours & topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation of other pertinent training (CPR, EMT, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct observations </li></ul></ul>
  10. 13. What’s happening in Utah? <ul><li>Training options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Salt Lake Community College—Interactive Distance Education (statewide) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paraeducator Associate Degree </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Certificate of Completion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Articulates with University Teacher Prep Programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Davis Applied Technology College </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 University Programs in development stages & Davis Applied Technology Center approved by State Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District Training ( district personnel or UPDC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual University Courses (onsite or distance education) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary concern -- $$$ & time </li></ul></ul>
  11. 15. <ul><li>State Paraeducator Conference (10th Annual) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides 2 days of Training & Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 1,000 attendees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University Credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certificates of Attendance for Portfolios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District follow-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Conference Edition PARAgraph </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State Database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CACTUS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vehicles of Dissemination </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsletters for state and local directors and administrators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional and Local Training Workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Newsletter PARAgraph </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 Editions/year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant--CSPD funding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.utahpara.org </li></ul></ul></ul>Networking & Dissemination
  12. 19. Utah Resources: <ul><li>www.utahparas.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.nrcpara.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.usu.edu/moose/USU/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>www.updc.org </li></ul><ul><li>Marilyn Likins </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] (801)272-1091 ext. 221 </li></ul>

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