Maximizing the Effectiveness of Paraprofessionals Who Work With Students with Special Needs
June 29 – July 1, 2020
Designed for K-12 special education teachers, instructional coaches, department heads, mentors, professional development trainers, and administrators
Strengthen the Training of Paraprofessionals in Your School or District by Developing Your Own Trainers!
- The most effective paraprofessional train-the-trainer program available
- Featuring two of the nation's top paraprofessional experts, Janet Hull and Susan Fitzell
Innovative, Video-Based, Hands-On, Train-the-Trainer Opportunity
- Acquire dozens of practical strategies to help paraprofessionals strengthen the achievement of students with special needs
- Learn how to use outstanding video to demonstrate strategies in practice … Receive ALL the video to use during training in your own school or district
- Build instructional expertise among paraprofessionals for more effectively monitoring student progress and increasing independence across all settings
- Ideal for schools and districts looking to strengthen their training of paraprofessionals who work with students with special needs …
- Each potential trainer should have experience working with paraprofessionals
What’s unique about this National Train-the-Trainer Institute
- Three days of intensive training combining classroom-proven strategies and video of the strategies in action – show rather than tell your paraprofessionals what effective strategies look like when working with students with special needs
- National Special Education Experts, Janet Hull, who is featured in the videos, and Susan Fitzell, will provide a comprehensive, interactive and research-based paraprofessional training preparing participants to train paraprofessionals in effective practices for working with students with special needs
- Work and collaborate in small groups with BER instructors to expand and enhance your understanding of effective strategies for paraprofessionals to use when working with students with special needs
- Gain numerous tips and ideas to prepare and deliver high-quality paraprofessional trainingwith the goal of increasing the achievement of students with special needs
- Unique and ideal opportunity for schools and districtsto strengthen their foundation, expand their knowledge and implement training to increase the effectiveness and impact of paraprofessionals who work with students with special needs
Innovative, Video-Based, Hands-On, Train-the-Trainer Opportunity
Skilled paraprofessionals are critical to the success of students with special needs across all instructional settings. Participants attending will learn the key components for an effective training program for paraprofessionals which can then be delivered as a staff development framework that fits the schedule according to each school's or district's unique scheduling and training needs. The following key components are included in this three-day train-the-trainer institute.
Increasing the Effectiveness of Paraprofessionals
- Guidelines for adapting curriculum and modifying instruction and assignments
- Developing a clear understanding of the importance of student independence
- Practical ways to increase student independence through the use of a "prompt hierarchy"
- Effective, easy-to-implement methods for collecting data
- Tips for developing student portfolios that reflect student progress and student needs
Working Effectively with Other Adults
- Effective instructional techniques for two adults working with students in the same classroom
- Improving job satisfaction by taking the stress out of working in complicated, demanding instructional situations
- Tips for effective collaboration with other school staff and related service providers
Working Effectively with Students
- Innovative techniques to maximize the support you give to students with special needs
- Key ways to adapt curriculum and modify instruction
- Highly effective techniques to foster and maximize student independence
- Use of a "prompt hierarchy" to improve requisite learning behaviors essential for becoming lifelong learners
- Ready-to-use approaches to reduce the intensity, frequency and duration of prompts and supports
- Use effective strategies for encouraging student participation in classroom discussions and cooperative work groups
- Key ways to avoid "giving answers" to students
- Proven ways to facilitate students' interactions and friendships with peers
- Real-life examples of techniques for fostering student independence in students with special needs
- Highly effective ways to build student confidence and self-esteem
- Outstanding suggestions for managing and improving student behaviors
Video of Strategies in Action to Demonstrate Effective Teaching Practices
- Best practices for using video to train others
- Outstanding training tips and a resource kit to train others (each participant will receive ALL video presented at the institute to use in their own training)
Receive Comprehensive Training Resources
All participants will receive a valuable package of resources including:
Seminar Schedule Overview
Program Schedule: 8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. Daily
| Janet Hull is an exciting presenter with more than 31 years of experience in special education and has been nationally recognized for her work with paraprofessionals. She has taught in high school, middle school and elementary settings and has worked with students with cognitive, behavioral, communication, and autism spectrum disorders. Her vast experience includes working in rural, suburban, urban, and highly diverse schools and school systems.
In addition, Janet has been an adjunct professor for many years teaching paraeducators and teachers at the university level. She incorporates her experience and deep respect for the work of paraeducators into her seminars with an exciting and engaging manner that responds to the current and future needs of paraeducators. She addresses the unique strengths of paraeducators in ways that validate their critical roles in the classroom and enhance their effectiveness in building student independence.
| Susan Fitzell is a dynamic presenter who is passionate about helping teaching professionals make co-teaching and inclusion work successfully in the classroom. With more than 21 years of experience in special education, inclusion and co-teaching, Susan is in demand as a presenter at district, state and national conferences. She fully understands the challenges inherent in an inclusive school and adds her own sensitive and insightful understanding of the issues of co-teaching and inclusion.
Susan is the author of several books geared to help educators and parents help youth, which include: Special Needs in the General Classroom: Strategies that Make it Work (2008), a comprehensive resource handbook for teachers, and Paraprofessionals and Teachers Working Together: Highly Effective Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (2007).
State Specific Credit:
You may be eligible for professional development credit through your state. For state specific information, please visit www.ber.org/seminars/credit/ceus.cfm or call 1-800-735-3503.
University Credit Option:
Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of a follow-up practicum project. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the institute.
SAVE with Group Discounts
The fee is $1095 per person.
If groups of three or more register at the same time, the fee is $995 per person.
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