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    1. 1. Keys for the Future Paraprofessionals Becoming Teachers Session 38: Atrium 8 Susie Branon and Lisa Oden 25 th National Conference for Paraprofessionals National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals
    2. 2. Overview-- <ul><li>The Paraeducator to Teacher Pipeline </li></ul>Paraprofessional Literacy Module
    3. 3. In the beginning…. <ul><li>In September 2003, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Special Education , was awarded a State Improvement Grant (SIG). In Goal Three , the focus was to support the efforts to recruit and retain teachers and assist them in reaching full licensure in Arkansas’ public schools. </li></ul>Teacher Fair
    4. 4. <ul><li>One of the objectives for this goal focuses on recruiting Arkansas paraprofessionals to work towards an associate degree. </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Hopefully, the paraprofessionals will advance to full licensure in teaching and special education. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Why Recruit paraprofessionals? <ul><li>Paraprofessionals represent a promising source of prospective new teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Paraprofessional-to-teacher program graduates: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More representative of and more rooted in the communities in which they serve </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Know their students well and are committed to their success. They know the neighborhoods, families, and social/cultural infrastructure that make up their school’s community. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have proven themselves to be excellent teachers, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are willing to serve in targeted </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>communities where typical teacher </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>candidates are not willing to teach. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tend to remain in the field much </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>longer than the average </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Pathway from one profession to another that includes: <ul><li>Increasing levels of skill and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing levels of responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing levels of compensation </li></ul><ul><li>Support and guidance </li></ul>
    8. 8. The Need for Teachers <ul><li>Teacher shortage -two million new teachers needed in the first decade of the 21 st Century “No Dream Denied”-The shortage is only a symptom of the real problem, teacher retention </li></ul><ul><li>Some regions and districts have greater needs than others </li></ul><ul><li>Not evenly distributed across the state </li></ul><ul><li>Certain regions experience greater attrition </li></ul><ul><li>Certain working conditions reduce retention of first year teachers in districts </li></ul>
    9. 9. Teacher Shortages <ul><li>In Arkansas (& around the nation) the subject areas with the highest shortage of teachers appear to be </li></ul><ul><li>math, </li></ul><ul><li>science, </li></ul><ul><li>special education, </li></ul><ul><li>and foreign languages </li></ul>
    10. 10. Teacher Shortages in Arkansas
    11. 11. Paraprofessionals as Teacher Candidates <ul><li>Aware of the challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Can be prepared for shortage areas </li></ul><ul><li>From the community </li></ul>
    12. 13. Roadblocks <ul><li>Financial </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul>
    13. 14. The Obstacles <ul><li>Lack of Support </li></ul><ul><li>- Money </li></ul><ul><li>- Family Responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>- Advisement </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Time </li></ul><ul><li>Prep for State Mandated Tests </li></ul>
    14. 15. Financial Roadblocks <ul><ul><ul><li>paraprofessionals are not highly paid. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Because of their financial situation, paraprofessionals clearly need help to continue their education. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial aid, however, is not easily available for undergraduates. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They are hesitant to take on more indebtedness. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Social Roadblocks <ul><li>Friends expectations, time </li></ul><ul><li>Feelings of isolation in university setting </li></ul><ul><li>Work schedule </li></ul><ul><li>School/district administration flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Family time, commitments, and expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Demands of full-time job </li></ul>and part-time studies may create family tensions
    16. 17. Academic Roadblocks <ul><li>Self-doubt, fear of failing </li></ul><ul><li>High school grades were lackluster </li></ul><ul><li>Took some college, but didn’t excel </li></ul><ul><li>Long time since in school </li></ul><ul><li>Poor study skills </li></ul><ul><li>Poor time management skills </li></ul><ul><li>Test anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Technology anxiety </li></ul>
    17. 18. SIG Paraprofessional Teacher Training Program <ul><li>The ADE will pay up to $600 per semester for 50 paraprofessionals currently employed in an Arkansas school district and/or educational cooperative to take necessary coursework </li></ul><ul><li>2.75 minimum GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Paraprofessionals that have already been a part of this program have priority for continuation in this program </li></ul>
    18. 19. Director's memo
    19. 20. Targeted Participants <ul><li>Talented Paras throughout the state of Arkansas. </li></ul>
    20. 21. Selection Process <ul><li>Show a picture of application…. </li></ul>
    21. 22. The Associate of Arts in Teaching AAT <ul><li>The AAT degree consists of core General Education courses and Teacher Education courses required for most education degrees. </li></ul><ul><li>This gives you a &quot;jump start&quot; in your field. </li></ul><ul><li>It gets your general education and foundational education courses completed at a lower price than the same courses at a four-year institution. </li></ul>
    22. 23. <ul><li>Put the teacher ed courses & electives here </li></ul>
    23. 24. Curriculum Content Introduction to Education PRAXIS I PRACTICE
    24. 25. <ul><li>ed2003 </li></ul>
    25. 26. <ul><li>ed2003 </li></ul>
    26. 27. <ul><li>ed2001 </li></ul>Bearden High
    27. 28. School Assignments Field Experience Spring 2006 <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>C. D. FRANKS ELEM </li></ul><ul><li>MR. HARVEY B. HOWARD, PRINCIPAL </li></ul><ul><li>1321 FOSTER DR. </li></ul><ul><li>ASHDOWN, AR 71822 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 870-898-2498 Fax: 870-898-7005 </li></ul><ul><li>Diana Blankenship  </li></ul><ul><li>L.F. HENDERSON INTERMEDIATE </li></ul><ul><li>MRS. TONI EICHELBERGER, PRINCIPAL </li></ul><ul><li>410 BURKE STREET </li></ul><ul><li>ASHDOWN, AR 71822 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 870-898-3561 Fax: 870-898-4447 </li></ul><ul><li>Diana Blankenship </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>MARGARET DANIELS PRIMARY </li></ul><ul><li>MRS. KAY S. YORK, PRINCIPAL </li></ul><ul><li>1323 FOSTER DR. </li></ul><ul><li>ASHDOWN, AR 71822 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 870-898-7002 Fax: 870-898-4431 </li></ul><ul><li>Diana Blankenship ed2001 </li></ul>
    28. 29. <ul><li>ed2001 </li></ul>
    29. 30. Educational Technologies… Microsoft Publisher
    30. 32. Unit 3 Lesson 3 Assignment The website would be very useful in my Educational Technologies- - The website would be very useful in my classroom. This website appears to be very user friendly and easily adaptable for the students with disabilities, special education students, and regular education students. This website can be utilized for the visual learner, audio learner, as well as the hands on learner. After working with handicapped children for so any years, I really found the information useful on the different adapting computers and the technology for special populations. With the technology now available, more and more handicapped students will be able to learn easier right in the regular classroom.
    31. 33. Support Group
    32. 34. Support group
    33. 35. Academic Supports <ul><li>Community college system offers placement tests to assess your level of knowledge in core areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Community college system offers developmental courses to prepare you for college-level Algebra, English Composition, Intro to Computers and Study Skills. EX: Math series - 030, 060, 090 </li></ul><ul><li>Use of college tutoring facilities </li></ul><ul><li>May be able to shorten your program by eliminating developmental courses </li></ul>
    34. 36. Financial Assistance <ul><li>The ADE will pay up to $600 per semester for 50 paraprofessionals currently employed in an Arkansas school district and/or educational cooperative to take necessary coursework </li></ul>Sound file here
    36. 38. Financial Supports <ul><li>U.S. Department of Education, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – a free form distributed by the U.S. Department of Education to collect information used to determine a student’s need for federal financial aid.  </li></ul><ul><li>Other federal agencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li> – a good starting place for resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Troops to Teachers </li></ul></ul>
    37. 39. Other opportunities…. State Teacher Assistance Resource (STAR) Program
    38. 40. Evidence of Success Students survey results of grades b c a
    39. 41. Evidence of Success Students survey results of grades b c a
    40. 42. Evidence of Success Students survey results of grades b c a
    41. 43. Student Survey results---
    42. 44. Student Survey results---
    43. 45. Student Survey results---
    44. 46. Cities represented-- <ul><li>Map of arkansas with cities lit up-- </li></ul>
    45. 47. Melanie was a college student for the first time in her life at the age of 32. Dan, change to pic of Melanie
    46. 48. Let us hear from Melanie…. Insert clip here
    47. 49. Elements of Good Paraprofessional Practice <ul><li>Ongoing Professional Development </li></ul>Classroom educator 17 years Sound file
    48. 50. Paraprofessional Literacy Module Reading First
    49. 52. Five Essential Elements of Reading <ul><li>1. Phonemic Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>2. Phonics </li></ul><ul><li>3. Fluency </li></ul><ul><li>4. Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>5. Comprehension </li></ul>
    50. 53. Phonemic Awareness Activities <ul><li>5. Phoneme segmentation - break words into separate sounds, saying each sound as your child taps or counts it. </li></ul><ul><li>fish = /f/ /i/ /sh/ (3 sounds) </li></ul><ul><li>6. Phoneme deletion – recognize the word that remains when a phoneme is removed from another word. </li></ul><ul><li>“ What is smile without the /s/? mile </li></ul><ul><li>7. Phoneme addition – make a new word by adding a phoneme to an existing word. </li></ul><ul><li>“ What word do you have if you add /s/ to the beginning of park?” spark </li></ul><ul><li>8. Phoneme substitution – Substitute one phoneme for another to make a new word. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The word is BUG. Change /g/ to /n/. What’s the new word?” BUN </li></ul>
    51. 54. DIBELS Measures <ul><ul><li>Phonemic Segmentation Fluency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letter Naming Fluency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonsense Word Fluency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Use Fluency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral Reading Fluency </li></ul></ul>
    52. 55. Fluency Instruction <ul><li>The following video clip depicts a teacher instructing a small group in a fluency lesson. The teacher employs a common fluency instruction technique. </li></ul>Video clip
    53. 56. <ul><li>We plan to offer Para Reading Academies all over the state of Arkansas. </li></ul><ul><li>During the past year, research associates in our office wrote the curriculum based on the Reading First materials. This year, we are producing new videotapes to augment the print material-featuring children in our own state. </li></ul><ul><li>We will use the backbone infrastructure that we built to register and track para attendance at academies. </li></ul><ul><li>We look forward to working again with all the school districts and colleges/universities in our state to truly deepen the knowledge base of paras and teachers who work within our geographic boundaries. </li></ul>
    54. 57. Questions??