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Increasing the Success of Paraprofessionals and Classroom Teachers Working Together

Presented by Susan Fitzell
Outstanding Special Education Teacher, Author and International Trainer

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Specifically Designed for Paraprofessionals as well as General and Special Education Teachers Working in Grades K-12

  • Practical strategies, tools, forms, and tips for defining paraprofessional roles, collecting data as well as cueing strategies for tests, quizzes and more
  • Identify meaningful and effective resources to recognize personality types and determine how to collaborate with opposite and varied personality types
  • Proactive ways for paraprofessionals to prevent discipline problems and positive ways to deal with challenging behavior when it occurs
  • Proven, practical strategies to effectively and efficiently adapt coursework, homework and study assignments to meet IEP, RTI and 504 requirements and increase student academic achievement

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Paraprofessionals assigned to support students with disabilities in the general education classroom have one of the most important jobs in schools today. Whether they serve as one‑to‑one support for specific students or as overall classroom assistants, they have a critical role in making inclusion effective for their students.

This strategy‑packed seminar will provide paraprofessionals as well as general and special education teachers with practical, easy‑to‑integrate, proven techniques for making inclusion successful. A wealth of ideas will be presented that will help all of your students be more productive in the content areas.

The seminar’s focus will be on introducing practical strategies that have proven to be successful when working with students who have special needs in inclusive as well as general education classrooms. You will receive a comprehensive resource handbook that includes the methods and strategies discussed in the seminar.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Enhance Your Effectiveness Working with Students who have Special Needs
    Discover simple, straightforward and effective strategies for differentiating curriculum for one‑on‑one and small group situations
  2. Proven Tips for Working Successfully With Other Educators
    Discover powerful, proven methods that help to clarify instructional roles and define how to most effectively work with other educators to best support students
  3. Practical Organizational and Time‑Management Ideas
    Receive the necessary tools and reproducible forms that will optimize your time and help you to clearly identify best practices for working in inclusive classrooms
  4. Help Your Students Meet and/or Exceed Their IEP Goals
    Learn useful strategies and techniques that paraprofessionals and teachers can readily implement ... Teach students to use them independently to complete assignments and increase the recall of instructional material
  5. Tips for Communicating Effectively
    How to deal most effectively with parents, teachers and other paraprofessionals in cooperative as well as in conflict situations
  6. Utilize the Best Strategies to Meet Individual Student Needs
    Gain knowledge of strategies that address the most common learning difficulties and challenges such as ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders and specific learning disabilities
  7. Learn How to Prevent or Deal With Challenging Behaviors
    Proactive strategies that can help prevent discipline problems from occuring … Proven ways to identify what triggers misbehavior and tips on how to deal with challenging behaviors that occur despite your best efforts
  8. Tips for Organizing Individualized Students’ Adaptations, Classroom Procedures and Instructional Materials
    Receive sample charts and forms to assist teachers and paraprofessionals to track student progress, collect data and keep up with IEP paperwork
  9. Meet NCLB Requirements to Incorporate Technology and Increase Student Achievement
    Discover powerful technology tools and online resources to enhance your ability to adapt materials and increase the successful acquisition of knowledge
  10. Receive a Comprehensive Resource Handbook
    Each seminar participant will receive a detailed resource handbook filled with numerous ideas and dozens of practical strategies to support outstanding paraprofessionals’ working with students with special needs

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Supporting the Role of Paraprofessionals
    • Effective ways to define the key roles of paraprofessionals and program assistants
    • Successful tips for how paraprofessionals can be most effective
    • Practical methods to enhance your effectiveness when you have limited or no planning/preparation time
    • Innovative techniques to maximize the support you give to students with special needs
    • Checklist guides for deciding between tasks performed by teachers and those performed by paraeducators
    • Key strategies to re‑teach curriculum and support instruction
    • Strategies to break down assignments and adapt materials so students can increase achievement while minimizing reduction of curriculum content
    • Organizational tools to increase efficiency of instructional strategies and ensure appropriate time management
  • Working with Other Adults
    • Effective instructional techniques for two adults working with students in the same classroom
    • Communication tips to enhance collaboration with teachers and parents
    • How personality styles affect communication, learning and successful collaboration
    • Ideas for how you can maximize the effectiveness of your planning time together
    • Collaborative strategies to increase paraprofessional/teacher pair effectiveness, to ensure that the paraprofessional feels included and to set the stage with students so that all adults in the room are respected
    • Strategies for dealing with conflict so that relationships grow and problems are minimized
  • Working with Students
    • Powerful strategies to increase the academic and behavioral skills of students in inclusive classrooms
    • Proven strategies to improve students’ memorization and recall skills
    • Techniques to encourage positive behavior and minimize misconduct
    • How to use breakdown assignments to help students structure their writing, follow instructions and successfully complete assignments
    • Strategies for adapting materials to increase success without reducing content
    • How to create quick, fun and inexpensive review materials that increase memory retention and learning success
    • Brain‑based learning techniques to incorporate into your teaching tool bag that increase student achievement in one‑on‑one, small group and whole class instruction

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Having over 22 years of experience teaching, most of those years working side‑by‑side with paraprofessionals in my classroom, I sincerely appreciate and value of the contribution paraprofessionals make for the success of our students. In my classrooms, I work cooperatively with paraprofessionals and actively solicit their input to ensure that students recognize their authority and to promote a positive teaching experience.

To fully understand the challenges they face, before designing this seminar, I interviewed over fifty paraprofessionals. Based on my experience and the results of those interviews, I’m convinced that a strong, collaborative effort between general as well as special educators and paraprofessionals plays a critical role in meeting the needs of a wide diversity of students with special needs.

In this seminar, you will receive many simple, straightforward and effective strategies, best practices and classroom‑proven tips to enhance the success of all students in the classrooms you serve. I will share techniques for collaboration, tips for working efficiently and methods for adapting teaching methods and materials to increase instructional effectiveness, and meet IEP adaptations in the regular classroom for one‑on‑one, small group and whole class teaching settings. The teaching options, materials, activities, and examples of adaptations I will share, can help all your students be more successful in the inclusive classroom.

I have specifically designed this seminar for paraeducators and those who work with them. Please join me for an exciting day of interactive and practical solutions to your classroom challenges. I look forward to meeting you and sharing ideas to make inclusive experiences meaningful and successful for you and all your students.

Susan Fitzell

P.S. The many practical ideas I’ll share are research‑based and classroom‑proven. You’ll receive a wealth of ready‑to‑use strategies that can be implemented immediately as you work with students with special needs.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving grades K‑12: Paraprofessionals, Special Education Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Resource Teachers, Title I Staff, Curriculum Specialists, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Tips for effectively collaborating with staff
  • Tips for behavior management in the classroom
  • Worksheets for planning and managing IEP adaptations and modifications in the regular classroom
  • Before and after examples of adaptations that work
  • Specific adaptations for content area classes
  • Numerous forms, outlines and resources to help paraprofessionals work in the inclusive classroom
  • Instructions and samples of review and learning materials
  • Work pages from the seminar

Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their inclusive program.

Consultation Available
Susan Fitzell will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding increasing your effectiveness while working in an inclusive classroom.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!

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