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Paraeducators in the Life of the School and Community

Paraeducators in the Life of the School and Community

A Massachusetts Focus Academy Special Education Professional Development  Series
*Sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

*You must be Massachusetts Public School Paraeducator working with students with disabilities to be eligible to take this course.*

This Institute will prepare paraprofessionals to meet the educational needs of elementary, middle and high school students with disabilities by increasing their content knowledge and pedagogical skills.  This Institute will provide a basic understanding of the characteristics and definitions of various disabilities and general teaching approaches and accommodations that have proven successful with each population of diverse learners.  We will explore high incidence disabilities, but we will also provide the tools to gain necessary knowledge to work with students with low incidence disabilities.  Participants will examine age-appropriate evidence-based instructional strategies for adapting curricula and effectively working with individuals and groups with various disabilities in inclusive settings.  We will explore classroom behavior management techniques that provide a positive learning environment and learn about tiered systems of support.  We will also explore the role of families in the education of their children with disabilities.  Federal and state legislation and regulations are examined with particular attention to their impact on the design and implementation of educational supports for students with disabilities.  Participants will become more skillful in communicating and collaborating with school personnel and will develop an understanding of the interdependent roles of various school staff members.  Additional attention will be paid to the state curriculum for supporting social emotional learning, health and safety.  We will focus on strategies for fostering independence for students with disabilities while also providing the necessary supports for meeting the goals in the IEP.  A final project is required along with two shorter writing assignments.  Two face-to-face meetings are required along with weekly online reading and discussion forum responses.   No prior course work required, however, participants must be currently working in a school.

Dina A. Traniello
Anne Howard

67.5 PDP Cost: Free

3 Graduate Credits Cost: $295

3 Undergraduate Credits Cost: $240

*Books are included for FREE
*A $100 stipend is available at the end of the course to participants who have completed the course in its entirety.

Spring 2019 -In Progress

Eastern Location: Boston, MA
Federation for Children with Special Needs
Suite 1M3, 529 Main Street
Boston, MA 02129
Directions and Parking

Monday, January 28, 2019 -  May 18, 2019

(Online AND In-Person)

In Person Meetings:
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Saturday May 4, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

32 hours of additional online coursework

Deadline to Register: 
January 14, 2019



For More information contact us at:
Center for Professional Studies
Phone: 978-665-3636
Fax: 978-665-3639