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This form has been developed to help special education paraprofessionals maintain a record of their staff development activities and hours needed to comply with Pennsylvania Special Education regulations. The use of this form is voluntary. Paraprofessionals are encouraged to use any format that has been developed by their employer.


Topic: Paraprofessionals

Standard 1: Foundations Of Special Education

Uploaded: October 23, 2007 |  0 Comments  | 

This item is designed to be downloaded by professional development personnel for use in training of paraprofessional staff. Materials may be used as is or customized. Two documents are available related to this session: a Power Point Presentation and the associated handout packet. The Power Point contains trainer notes. The handout packet in word contains participant activities and any additional resources related to this session.

This session focuses on the knowledge areas of Standard #1: Foundations of Special Education. These knowledge areas are: 1K1 Purposes of programs for individuals with exceptional learning needs. 1K2: Basic educational terminology regarding students, programs, roles and instructional activities.


Topic: Paraprofessionals

This item is designed to be downloaded by professional development personnel for use in training of paraprofessional staff. Materials may be used as is or customized. Two documents are available related to this session: a Power Point Presentation and the associated handout packet. The Power Point contains trainer notes. The handout packet in word contains participant activities and any additional resources related to this session.

This session focuses on Standard #2: Development and Characteristics of Learners. The knowledge area to be covered is: 2K1 Effects an exceptional condition(s) can have on an individual’s life.


Topic: Paraprofessionals

This item is designed to be downloaded by professional development personnel for use in training of paraprofessional staff. Materials may be used as is or customized. Two documents are available related to this session: a Power Point Presentation and the associated handout packet. The Power Point contains trainer notes. The handout packet in word contains participant activities and any additional resources related to this session.

This session focuses on the skill and knowledge areas of Standard #3: Individual Learning Differences. These areas are: 3K1.Rights and responsibilities of families and children as they relate to individual learning needs. 3K2: Indicators of abuse and neglect. 3S1: Demonstrate sensitivity to the diversity of individuals and families.


Topic: Paraprofessionals

Standard 4: Instructional Strategies

Uploaded: March 18, 2008 |  0 Comments  | 

This item is designed to be downloaded by professional development personnel for use in training of paraprofessional staff. Materials may be used as is or customized. Two documents are available related to this session: a Power Point Presentation and the associated handout packet. The Power Point contains trainer notes. The handout packet in word contains participant activities and any additional resources related to this session.

This session focuses on the skill and knowledge areas of Standard #4: Instructional Strategies. These areas are: 4K1.Basic instructional and remedial strategies and materials. 4K2: Basic technologies appropriate to individuals with exceptional learning needs. 4K3: How students learn reading. 4K4: How students learn mathematics. 4S1: Use strategies, equipment, materials, and technologies, as directed, to accomplish instructional objectives. 4S2. Assist in adapting instructional strategies and materials as directed. 4S3. Use strategies as directed to facilitate effective integration into various settings. 4S4. Use strategies that promote the learner’s independence as directed. 4S5. Use strategies as directed to increase the individual’s independence and confidence.


Topic: Paraprofessionals

This item is designed to be downloaded by professional development personnel for use in training of paraprofessional staff. Materials may be used as is or customized. Two documents are available related to this session: a Power Point Presentation and the associated handout packet. The Power Point contains trainer notes. The handout packet in word contains participant activities and any additional resources related to this session.
This session focuses on the skill and knowledge areas of Standard #5: Learning Environments and Social Interactions. These areas are: 5K1: Demands of various learning environments. 5K2: Rules and procedural safeguards regarding the management of behaviors of individuals with exceptional learning needs. 5S1. Establish and maintain rapport with learners. 5S2. Use universal precautions and assist in maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. 5S3. Use strategies for behavior management as directed. 5S4. Use strategies as directed, in a variety of settings, to assist in the development of social skills.


Topic: Paraprofessionals

Standard 6: Language

Uploaded: October 16, 2008 |  0 Comments  | 

This item is designed to be downloaded by professional development personnel for use in training of paraprofessional staff. Materials may be used as is or customized. Two documents are available related to this session: a Power Point Presentation and the associated handout packet. The Power Point contains trainer notes. The handout packet in word contains participant activities and any additional resources related to this session.

This session focuses on the knowledge area of Standard #6: Language. This area is K1: Characteristics of appropriate communication with stakeholders


Topic: Paraprofessionals

Standard 7: Instructional Planning

Uploaded: November 13, 2008 |  0 Comments  | 

This item is designed to be downloaded by professional development personnel for use in training of paraprofessional staff. Materials may be used as is or customized. Two documents are available related to this session: a Power Point Presentation and the associated handout packet. The Power Point contains trainer notes. The handout packet in word contains participant activities and any additional resources related to this session.

This session focuses on the skill areas of Standard #7: Instructional Planning. These areas are S1: Follow written plans, seeking clarification as needed and S2: Prepare and organize materials to support teaching and learning as directed.


Topic: Paraprofessionals

Standard 8: Assessment

Uploaded: February 11, 2009 |  0 Comments  | 

This item is designed to be downloaded by professional development personnel for use in training of paraprofessional staff. Materials may be used as is or customized. Two documents are available related to this session: a Power Point Presentation and the associated handout packet. The Power Point contains trainer notes. The handout packet in word or PDF format contains participant activities and any additional resources related to this session.

This session focuses on the skill and knowledge areas of Standard #8: Assessment. These areas are:K1: Rationale for assessment, K2: Assessments in reading, K3: Assessments in mathematics, S1: Demonstrate basic collection techniques as directed, and S2: Make and document objective collection techniques as directed.


Topic: Paraprofessionals

This item is designed to be downloaded by professional development personnel for use in training of paraprofessional staff. Materials may be used as is or customized. Two documents are available related to this session: a Power Point Presentation and the associated handout packet. The Power Point contains trainer notes. The handout packet in word contains participant activities and any additional resources related to this session.

This session focuses on the skill and knowledge areas of Standard #9: Professional and Ethical Practice. These areas are:K1: Ethical practices for confidential communication about individuals with exceptional learning needs, K2: Personal, cultural biases and differences that affect one’s ability to work with others, S1: Perform responsibilities as directed in a manner consistent with laws and policies, S2: Follow instructions of the professional, S3. Demonstrate problem-solving, flexible thinking, conflict management techniques, and analysis of personal strengths and preferences, S4: Act as a role model for individuals with exceptional learning needs, S5: Demonstrate commitment to assisting learners in achieving their highest potential, S6: Demonstrate the ability to separate personal issues from one’s responsibilities as a paraeducator, S7: Maintain a high level of competence and integrity, S8: Exercise objective and prudent judgment, S9: Demonstrate proficiency in academic skills, including oral and written communication, S10: Engage in activities to increase one’s knowledge and skills, S1: Accept and use constructive feedback, S13: Demonstrate ethical practices as guided by the CEC Code of Ethics and other standards and policies.


Topic: Paraprofessionals