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Paraeducators: You were born under a "Wandering Star!"


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Presentation by: Dr. Ashleigh Molloy given on Saturday April 2nd, 2016

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Paraeducators: You were born under a "Wandering Star!"

  1. 1. Paras, you were born under a “Wandering Star”? Dr. Ashleigh Molloy President: TransEd Institute.
  2. 2. Objectives • To demonstrate the role played by the Para in student success • To examine the value added service component to the school district • To explore the comparison between a para and a star through the voice of parents, students and colleagues
  3. 3. Greetings from Lindsey Molloy  “Hello everyone, my name is Lindsey. Dr. Ash is my dad. Enjoy yourself, happy learning. Goodbye. “
  4. 4. What are Paras? (My Take) • Paras are like… - BAYER ASPIRIN “They work miracles.” • Paras are like… - FORD “They have better ideas.”
  5. 5. What are Paras? (My Take) • Paras are like… – NIKE “They just do it.” • Paras are like… – Energizer Batteries “They keep going, going, and going.”
  6. 6. What are Paras? (My Take) • Paras are like… – NOKIA “They connect people.” • Paras are like… – APPLE COMPUTERS “They think outside the box”
  7. 7. What are Paras? (My Take) • Paras are like… – IMAX “They think BIG.” • Paras are like… – General Electric “They are imagination at work.”
  8. 8. But Most of all…Paras are like - FROSTED FLAKES “They’re GRRRRREAT!!!!!” What are Paras? (My Take)
  9. 9. WPEC
  10. 10. Paras on Paras
  11. 11. ParaEducators • WHO Are WE? • The changing landscape of public education has had a significant impact on the roles of support professionals who serve in our schools. Increasing numbers of English language learners, and the rising enrollment of students with disabilities and other special needs are just some of the factors that make the need for a dynamic school team more necessary than ever. • In this challenging environment, paraeducators -- also known as paraprofessionals -- play an increasingly critical role in improving student achievement. • Paraeducator means "along side of " and like their counterparts in the medical fields -- paralegal and paramedics -- they assist and support the work team in a variety of ways. • In many districts, these special professionals live in the school neighborhood, speak the language of the students and provide a special liaison to the community and its culture.
  12. 12. Getting Educated: Paraeducators • "The range and flexibility of paraeducator positions make it difficult for most folks to understand exactly where our role begins and ends. We are the mortar that fits where it needs to fit to keep the whole structure together." -Sandie Blankenship, Special Education Paraeducator, North Kingstown, Rhode Island
  13. 13. Interview with Sharon
  14. 14. MYTH #1: • "Assisting in a classroom or school isn't challenging. There's no need for professional development.“ • It didn't take long to realize that Paras would need ongoing professional development to meet the complex needs of their students.
  15. 15. MYTH #2: • "There is no room for career growth as a paraprofessional.“ • Louisiana Para Iona Holloway • "It's becoming a widely known fact: paraprofessionals are integral to successful schools" she says. "And with new requirements demanded by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now is the time to think about becoming highly qualified so that you can advance into teaching if that's what you want."
  16. 16. MYTH #2: • Dr. Cathy Wooley-Brown, who developed Florida's Paraprofessionals as Teachers Program • "Put simply, the paraprofessionals are the people who know the kids and the climate of the school," she adds. Not only do they already have hands-on classroom experience, but "paraeducators also offer ethnic diversity and a level of maturity that directly benefits school districts. And because they are already a part of the community and local schools, they are unlikely to move away
  17. 17. Rey • “She's completely self-sufficient and does everything for herself, until she meets [Finn] and an adventure begins.”
  18. 18. Para Problem Solver
  19. 19. Definition of a Star • A fixed luminous point in the night sky that is a large, remote incandescent body like the sun • An object in the sky that sends out its own light
  20. 20. Activity • Discuss and describe how a Para could be similar to a star?
  21. 21. When you wish upon a star
  22. 22. The Force Awakens • Paras are the force that awakens their students to learning. • self esteem • physical comforts • socialization • life skills
  23. 23. Define a Relationship • The way in which two or more people feel and behave towards each other
  24. 24. Observations of those being serviced by Paras
  25. 25. Eight Year Old Nick
  26. 26. Eva – Special Ed Teaching Assistant
  27. 27. Maddox
  28. 28. Requirements for becoming a Paraeducator in Illinois • Paraeducators, or paraprofessionals as they are called in the state of Illinois, work as teacher aides. • Paraprofessionals support teacher interactions with students by providing tutoring, helping students learn curriculum, aiding in classroom instruction and organizing materials for classroom instruction.
  29. 29. Parapro Skills
  30. 30. Good Communication
  31. 31. Observation
  32. 32. Next, let’s play with some words. What do you see? Que es lo que ves?
  33. 33. In black you can read the word GOOD, in white the word EVIL (inside each black letter is a white letter. En negro puedes leer la palabra GOOD, en blanco la palabra EVIL
  34. 34. Now, what do you see?
  35. 35. You may not see it a first, but the white spaces read the word optical, the blue landscape reads the word illusion. Look again! Can you see why this painting is called an optical illusion?
  36. 36. Last one. What do you see? Que lo que ves?
  37. 37. You probably read the word ME in brown, but……. When you look through ME You will see YOU! Tu te veras a ti y a mi.
  38. 38. Test Your Brain This is really cool. The second one is amazing so please read all the way through.
  39. 39. OBSERVATION TEST (I love this part...its absolutely amazing!) Count every “F” in the following text:
  40. 40. 10 Second IQ Test
  41. 41. Experience Brain Processing Challenges Procesamiento del cerebro
  42. 42. Visual Perception: What is this a picture of?
  43. 43. We all look at the same image but may not all process the information in the same way. Looking at the image “in different ways” allows everyone an opportunity to process the image of the Dalmatian Does it help if the image is blackened-out?
  44. 44. Does it help if the photo is in more detail?
  45. 45. Spatial Perception: La percepcion espacial What is this a picture of? HORSE or FROG?
  46. 46. HORSE CABALLO When the position of the picture changes, the meaning of the image changes and it affects the way we perceive it. FROG RANA
  47. 47. Can you find seven dolphins? Puedes encontrar los siete delfines?
  49. 49. Say the colour! not the word YELLOW BLUE ORANGE AMARILLO AZUL NARANJA BLACK RED GREEN NEGRO ROJO VERDE PURPLE YELLOW RED MORADO AMARILLO ROJO ORANGE GREEN BLACK MORADO VERDE NEGRO BLUE RED PURPLE AZUL ROJO MORADO GREEN BLUE ORANGE VERDE AZUL NARANJA Does your brain get jammed up when processing two tasks simultaneously? The brain gets mixed messages and finds it difficult to re-focus with the two stimuli Your right brain tries to say the color but your left brain insists on reading the word.
  50. 50. You are the “CHEERLEADER” that encourages students to be the best that they can be You are the COMFORTER when life exposes students to hurtful experiences You are the PARTNER who teams up with the teachers to form a dynamic duo that assists with their learning Role Model Transformation Education Institute Copyright 2010
  51. 51. Disrespect Hurts
  52. 52. You are the SUPPORTER as students navigate their daily living challenges You are the ADVOCATE and thus a “voice” for students You are the PROMOTER for students’ independence as you work to prepare them to be as self sufficient as they can possibly be given their different abilities Role Model Transformation Education Institute Copyright 2010
  53. 53. Bridge Builder
  54. 54. Definition of a Bridge A structure built over a depression or obstacle for use as a passageway
  55. 55. Bridge builder as an enabler accommodating change • Definition: • A Visionary (Forward thinking) • One who sees the positive possibilities resulting from change • One who sees change as a form of growth
  56. 56. Bridge Builders Promote Accessibility • Definition: Capacity to enter
  57. 57. Physical Accessibility (Environmental/ Classroom)
  58. 58. Thinking Outside the Box?
  59. 59. Social Accessibility • Provide opportunities for students to participate with their able bodied peers in their classroom community • Validate a classroom environment that promotes differences as the norm • Ensure that respect is embedded in your teaching practice • To enable all students to learn and succeed together
  60. 60. Builders of Community • “People need to feel they are welcome” • We need to unwrap the gifts of individual differences • A gift is defined as a special ability , capacity, or talent
  61. 61. Glass of water: Question? • Is the glass half full or half empty? • Pessimist or Optimist? • Bridge Builders are optimistic and belie in the possibilities and potential of ALL their students
  62. 62. When you wish upon a star When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires Will come to you When a star is born They possess a gift or two. One of them is this They have the power to make a wish come true.
  63. 63. The Future Awaits
  64. 64. Thank God I’m A Para Pro V.1 Well life as a Para is never laid back Nothin’ really much us Paras can’t HACK. Its late to bed rise early from the sack Thank God I’m a Para pro. V.2 Well wouldn’t trade my role for diamonds or jewels. I never was one of those money hungry fools. I’d rather work with kids use my skills and tools. Thank God I’m a Para pro. Chorus Well I got me a fine job, ideas on the griddle When the sun comes up I feel as fit as a fiddle. Life for me really is no riddle Cause I know that I help schools sizzle. V.3 Well Paras serve students with their different needs. Treating them with dignity and doing good deeds. Workin with the teachers and fellow colleagues. Thank God I’m a Para pro. Thank God I’m a Para pro. Composed as a tribute to honor paras at NRC Conference Dr.Ashleigh Molloy AKA “Dr. Ash”
  65. 65. Paraeducator Web Resources • The NEA Paraeducator Handbook • The NEA Paraeducator Handbook: Providing Ongoing Professional Development • Results-Oriented Job Descriptions: How Paraeducators Help Students Achieve • Roles for Education Paraprofessionals • Let's Team Up • National Clearinghouse for Paraeducator Resources • National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals • Project PARA • Designing State and Local Policies for the Professional Development of Instructional Paraeducators • Guide to Developing Paraprofessional to Teacher Toolkit • Roles for Education Paraprofessionals in Effective Schools: An Idea Book
  66. 66. Thank You! Merci Obrigado Muchos Gracias Salamat Cam Ung Rahmet Megwich Spasibo Kitos Grazie