Pat Hensley has 26 years of teaching experience and takes a moment to share some of the things that she has done to create a positive working relationship with the paraprofessionals in her classroom. She goes over many practical tips on how to work together as a team. She explains her feelings towards the role … Read more Success with Paraprofessionals from the Successful Teaching Blog
The Freetown Elementary School has received a grant for $42,343 to fund paraprofessional positions. From the article: “The paraprofessionals are a great help. You don’t know what you are missing until you take them away,” said Principal Robert Frizelle. Freetown Elementary awarded grant
Elona Hartjes has written a wonderful post about the importance of paraeducators in her classroom titled, Paraprofessionals and Teachers Work Together as a Team for the Benefit of Students. From her opening paragraph: I’ve been really fortunate to have worked with some wonderful paraprofessionals at different times in my teaching career. These men and women … Read more Paraprofessionals and Teachers Work Together as a Team for the Benefit of Students
The Call for Papers for the 2008 Conference is now available. The theme for this year’s conference is: United We Educate, PATHS to the Future– Paraprofessional, Administrator, Teacher, Higher Education, & Other Stakeholders Conference registration is also now available. If you are interested in presenting at this year’s conference, we look forward to receiving your … Read more Call for Papers and Conference Registration Now Available
In anticipation of a big front page announcement next week, we would like to announce a new resource to all of our blog readers. We have been working on this for awhile and some of you received a sneak peek at the conference. It is finally ready for some visitors (and your feedback). Without further … Read more State Paraprofessional Resources Pre-Release
The conference registration deadline has been extended to this Saturday the 28th. Stop by and and register today! Affordable airfare still available, check out www.kayak.com or www.sidestep.com to find a flight. Hotel rooms are also still available at the Double Tree Hotel.
Loud and Clear
This article introduces us to Grace Williams and here experience in receiving the Baha System that helps her to hear. Don’t miss the picture of her on the left in the classroom.
Williams, a paraeducator, can hear everything, from kids chatting at their desks to the phone ringing from across the room, Allar said.
The U.S. Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced the release of the final regulations to implement Part B of IDEA 2004. An official copy will be published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2006. The regulations will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.
From the the official press release:
Thirty years ago, America’s students with disabilities were for the first time assured access to a free and appropriate public education thanks to a new law passed by Congress, now called IDEA,” said Spellings. “Yet in those 30 years, too many students with disabilities have faced what President Bush calls ‘the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Students with disabilities can meet high standards, as long as we adults have high expectations and hold them to these standards. Thanks to the No Child Left Behind Act, we are holding ourselves accountable for making sure students receive the education they deserve. And with these final regulations for IDEA aligned with No Child Left Behind, we are ensuring that students with disabilities are challenged and prepared for successful lives.”
You may have heard of Project PARA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a no-cost self-study program paraeducators and a second program for teachers who supervise paraeducators. However, you may not yet have heard about the latest update to the Paraeducator Self Study Program. As noted on their project history page, the project has been around … Read more Free Paraeducator Training
The 25th annual National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference will be held from May 11th through May 13th in Minneapolis, MN. The theme for this years conference is “Building the Future – One Student at a Time.” Check out the Conference Page for more information.