Keyed In, Logged On, Charged Up!Paraprofessionals Connecting with 21st Century Learners<br />Introduction and Welcome<br /...
How did we get to where we are?<br /><ul><li>1965 ~ 10,000 aides ~ responsibilities ~ clerical
1997 ~ 300,000 aides
1999-2000 ~ 621,000 aides
2006-2007 ~ 54% of 6 million students with disabilities spend 80% of time in general education (3,240,000)
2009 ~
387,845 certified special education teachers nationally
455,820 paraeducators in special education</li></ul>~US Department of Education: Data Accountability Center<br />~John A. ...
Time is spent in…<br /><ul><li>Providing instructional support in small groups
Providing one-on-one instruction
Modifying materials
Implementing behavior  plans
Monitoring hallways & study halls
Meeting with teachers
Collecting data on the learning needs of individuals with exceptionalities
Providing personal care assistance</li></ul>SPENSE, 2003<br />
So what they say…<br />Paraeducators have become an essential part of the special education team  in developing individual...
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)Exciting News<br />Newly revised Knowledge & Skill Standards for Paraprofessionals <...
National Paraeducator Leadership Forum<br />Sponsored by the NRCP --  May 2010<br />The purpose was to give State and Nati...
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Keynote address from Marilyn Likins and Gina R. Scala from the 2011 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals.

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  1. 1. Keyed In, Logged On, Charged Up!Paraprofessionals Connecting with 21st Century Learners<br />Introduction and Welcome<br />Keynote Speakers: <br />Gina R. Scala & Marilyn Likins<br />May 12, 2011<br />Harrisburg, Pennsylvania<br />
  2. 2. How did we get to where we are?<br /><ul><li>1965 ~ 10,000 aides ~ responsibilities ~ clerical
  3. 3. 1997 ~ 300,000 aides
  4. 4. 1999-2000 ~ 621,000 aides
  5. 5. 2006-2007 ~ 54% of 6 million students with disabilities spend 80% of time in general education (3,240,000)
  6. 6. 2009 ~
  7. 7. 387,845 certified special education teachers nationally
  8. 8. 455,820 paraeducators in special education</li></ul>~US Department of Education: Data Accountability Center<br />~John A. Caliso<br />
  9. 9. Time is spent in…<br /><ul><li>Providing instructional support in small groups
  10. 10. Providing one-on-one instruction
  11. 11. Modifying materials
  12. 12. Implementing behavior plans
  13. 13. Monitoring hallways & study halls
  14. 14. Meeting with teachers
  15. 15. Collecting data on the learning needs of individuals with exceptionalities
  16. 16. Providing personal care assistance</li></ul>SPENSE, 2003<br />
  17. 17. So what they say…<br />Paraeducators have become an essential part of the special education team in developing individualized services and playing an increasingly prominent role in the instruction of individuals with exceptional learning needs. <br />CEC Knowledge & Skills<br />
  18. 18. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)Exciting News<br />Newly revised Knowledge & Skill Standards for Paraprofessionals <br />Just approved in April<br />Discussed in Session 8<br />Provide a foundation for training, evaluation and supervisory practices.<br />
  19. 19. National Paraeducator Leadership Forum<br />Sponsored by the NRCP -- May 2010<br />The purpose was to give State and National leaders a concentrated block of time to systematically address several critical issues. <br />While conferences allow us to share our programs and results, they are not the most effective vehicle for in-depth discussion and problem solving. <br />
  20. 20. State & National Paraeducator Issues PROCESS<br />
  21. 21. Forum Issue #1<br />CREATING A PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT (PD) STRUCTURE FOR PARAEDUCATORS THAT:<br />PROMOTES CONSISTENCY STATEWIDE AND <br />FOSTERS LOCALLY DEVELOPED PD TIED TO DISTRICT AND SCHOOL STRATEGIC PLANS.<br />
  22. 22. Forum Issue #2<br />TRAINING (EMPOWERING) TEACHERS TO PROVIDE SUPERVISION AND DIRECTION TO PARAEDUCATORS<br />
  23. 23. Forum Issue #3<br />TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ADMINISTRATORS TO ESTABLISH APPROPRIATE DISTRICT AND SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURES TO SUPPORT TEACHER/ PARAEDUCATOR TEAMS<br />
  24. 24. Forum Issue #4<br />CULTIVATING LEADERSHIP AT THE NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LEVELS TO ADVOCATE FOR AND COORDINATE PARAEDUCATOR: <br />INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN<br />IMPLEMENTATION AND <br />EVALUATION.<br />
  25. 25. Forum Issue #5<br />BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CAREER PATHWAYS FOR PARAEDUCATORS<br />Developing partnerships with local, state and IHEs, SEAs & LEAs to establish policies, standards, and systems for career pathways.  <br />Paraeducators and teachers should be actively engaged in the process at all levels.<br />
  26. 26. COMMON CHALLENGES<br />Clarification of roles and responsibilities<br />Lack of awareness:<br />State and local administrators<br />Legislators (state and national)<br />Teachers<br />Lack of leadership at national, state and local level<br />Inflexibility of higher ed. structures & restrictions<br />Funding to support research and training<br />Insufficient research <br />
  27. 27. Think about this…<br />“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.”<br />~Harry S. Truman<br />
  28. 28. CONCERNS<br />ESEA Reauthorization<br />IDEA Reauthorization<br />Funding<br />Maintaining Status Quo<br />
  29. 29. Just a thought…<br />“Coming together is a beginning.<br /> Keeping together is a process.<br /> Working together is success.”<br />~Henry Ford<br />
  30. 30. What Must Be Done<br />Advocacy<br />“You must be at the table or you will be on the menu”<br />Leadership<br />Implementation of Knowledge & Skills<br />“Drip, Drip, Drip, Away”<br />
  31. 31. PARAEDUCATORS<br /><ul><li>P ~ professional
  32. 32. A ~ attitude
  33. 33. R ~ responsible
  34. 34. A ~ ability
  35. 35. E ~ excellence
  36. 36. D ~ diligent
  37. 37. U ~ understanding
  38. 38. C ~ challenges
  39. 39. A ~ authority
  40. 40. T ~ take a risk
  41. 41. O ~ obligation
  42. 42. R ~ reduce effect
  43. 43. S ~ success</li></li></ul><li>National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals (NRCP)<br />National Paraeducator Leadership Forum <br />Process, Summary & Analysis disseminated through:<br />E-newsletter<br />Contact us through website: www.nrcpara.org<br />

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