PARAPROFESSIONAL (TEACHER ASSISTANT) TRAINING FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (SPECIAL EDUCATION)
Who Should Attend
Teacher Aides working with Special Needs (Special Education) Children – Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade, Special and General Education Teachers, and Administrators.
This is the first level of a two-level training, starting from basic knowledge to more in-depth and advanced learning modules.
This training involves two courses: Level 1 and Level 2. The first module addresses the characteristics of special education categories, explains the legalities impacting special needs populations and confidentiality related to children with special needs as well as the role and responsibilities of the paraprofessional when interacting with teaching staff and providing support to special needs children. The second module, Level 2, defines the components of different instructional strategies and adaptations to maximize student learning and inclusion in the regular education classroom within the least restrictive environments. Each course is a two-day session. This particular training is Level 1 training.
Level 1 Learning Module: Legalities impacting special needs populations; basic knowledge of disability categories; roles and responsibilities of the paraprofessional; effective communication and confidentiality skills; consideration factors when working with special needs students within the regular education classroom, a resource room, or a basic special education program.
Level 2* Learning Module: Ideas for assisting students with learning, communicative, behavioral, and physical/health related challenges; strategies to interact and motivate students; integration of special needs students into general education instructional settings; classroom adaptations, modifications, and accommodations; use of technology in the classroom; helpful resources, websites, and pertinent publications.* Level 2 is planned to be offered later during the 2017-18 year.
To build the capacity of the teacher assistants working with special needs students, including but not limited to: understanding the unique characteristics of each special education category; learning basic skills and strategies to help maximize student learning; and, working as a team with both special and general education teachers and support staff (such as specialists and therapists).
About the Presenters
Dr. Miller has a broad range of educational experiences for over 40 years as a general and special education teacher as well as a special education administrator at different levels including school sites, district offices, and regional consortiums. Upon retirement in 2009, Dr. Miller has worked as an educational consultant for small, medium, and large school districts in the areas of program improvement, administrative coaching, as well as mentoring teachers and paraprofessionals/instructional assistants working with students with disabilities. She has conducted approximately 50 formal special education program/fiscal studies, visiting over 2,000 classrooms. Dr. Miller has participated on numerous intervention teams for program assistance to improve the quality of instruction for students with special needs.
Ms. Gray has over thirty years of experience as an educator both in Canada and the United States. She has taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels. She has been the special education administrator in school districts and regional consortiums. Following her retirement in 2009, Ms. Gray has worked as an educational consultant serving school districts in areas such as program reviews, needs assessments, coaching and mentoring. Ms. Gray is an accomplished professional development trainer, presenter and facilitator. She has a broad array of experience with many research based programs and resources, both academic and behavioral, to improve outcomes for all students.
Hours of Instruction
Each Level Course is 15 hours of instruction over two full consecutive days with an opportunity for follow-up activities for the purposes of implementation of learned content.
Course may be taken as a series or separately as teacher assistants may be at different levels of experience and expertise.
Date, Time and Location
Check In/Registration: 8:00 am
Level 1 Session – Dubai
Level 1 Session – Abu Dhabi
Fees and Cancellation
Cost: 1,390 AED until December 29, 2017 (subject to space availability).
Cancellations received by December 29, 2017 will be subject to a 200 AED fee.
Method of Payment
Please deposit/transfer fees to the bank account provided below. Send a copy of the receipt and the names of attendees to firstname.lastname@example.org
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Please bring along a laptop computer or another Internet ready device.
For further information, please email Susan Lendway.