Para-educators are an essential part of the special education team. They deliver individualized services and play an increasingly prominent role in the support of instruction of individuals with exceptionalities at all ages (Giangreco, Suter, & Doyle, 2010). Paras need to be recognized and supported as they continue to make countless lives better.
Paras often see things that teachers can’t. They know the students in a different way, having tight relationships with the students who need adult support most. And, it is always good to remember, paras often do the hardest jobs with the toughest students, and they do it for the least amount of money.
To be competent in their job, Paras must have knowledge, skills, and abilities to do all that is expected and required. Paras, like all educators, need and generally want professional development. And, with paras really stepping up in the teacher and sub shortage, they really need some PD!!!!
Savvy leaders recognize Para’s needs and find funding to support them.
Send your Paras or perhaps send them with their Co-teaching team.
The focus of this session will be on:
- Ability to use strategies that promote students’ independence
- Understanding of ethical and confidential considerations
- Ability to employ constructive and clear communication strategies
- Specific ways to resolve conflicts
- Awareness of one’s impact on the overall learning environment
Audience: All Grade PK-12 Educators
Instructor: Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President, dynamic presenter and author.
Delivery Format: Virtual
Date/Times: January 19, 2023; 9am-12pm (EST)
The TMI-ENVISION SEL Professional and Personal Learning Series:
Ensuring Safe, Healthy and Equitable Learning Spaces
The past two years have dramatically changed all aspects of our lives. We are more keenly aware than ever that our classrooms are integral to the health and well-being of our communities. These events have brought into sharp focus that the future of education lies at the recursive intersection of Trauma - inclusive of ACEs & Chronic Stress; Social Emotional Learning (SEL); and Equity & Social Justice.
To be clear, the approaches in SEL support and help heal those with the ACEs that contribute to Trauma. However, SEL is only successful in systems where Equity is valued and present. Equity is only possible when compassionate members of the system check their power, privilege and implicit bias, which is accomplished through the SEL competencies and sub-competencies. As educators, we tend to believe that all humans deserve to thrive socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We have the power to make the world - specifically our learning spaces - a better place - what would you like to do? What would you like to try?
The 2022-2023 TMI-ENVISION SEL Professional and Personal Development Series enhances your ability to turn your desires into reality. We think of our SEL Series as an integrated roadmap to create and maintain learning spaces where students feel - and - are safe, connected, supported and challenged. Each session contains the recursive threads of SEL, Equity and Healing Informed practices for Trauma. Take one, take two or take them all. Think of them as the vessel to hasten your journey to become the educator you are in your heart of hearts.
All of our TMI-ENVISION SEL Professional and Personal Development Series programs are led by Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President dynamic presenter and author.
Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check to TMI Education, LLC. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education – PLC Division at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email the TMI PLC at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website event page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:
- a full refund;
- transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
- credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)
Video-Recorded Virtual (Zoom) Sessions and Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Recorded Session: As an added value, all virtually-delivered programs are video recorded and accessible to our workshop registrants and Professional Learning Consortium Members subsequent to the session. Therefore, each virtually-delivered workshop and webinar will now have Zoom’s Recording Disclaimer enabled by default. With this feature, attendees will receive a notification when a recording starts or if they join a session that is already being recorded. The participant can then consent to stay in the session and be recorded or choose to leave the session altogether.
Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Virtually-Delivered Session: Actively engaging in Zoom sessions is important. Participants may have concerns, however, of a Zoom session recording capturing their participation. Meeting hosts or instructors are taking steps to minimize this concern. In addition to the consent, participants can also use the following steps and features to take control of what is shared when a session is being recorded.
- Change your participant name displayed in Zoom (e.g. only use your first name, replace your name)
- Disable your video
- Mute your audio
- Do not communicate via the chat feature
- Do not upload an identifiable profile photo
Please refer to Zoom’s Attendee Controls for more information on how to use these features.