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Two Professional Development Opportunities for Special Education Paraprofessionals


The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education recently announced two new videoconference opportunity: Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraprofessionals Standard 7: Instructional Planning and Mathematics and Response to Intervention: Implications for Instruction

Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraprofessionals Standard 7: Instructional Planning    
November 13, 2008    
4:15 - 6:15 pm
Location: PaTTAN-Pittsburgh; PaTTAN-Harrisburg; PaTTaN- King of Prussia; various downlink sites across the state
Credits offered: Act 48 Clock Hours
Description: This is the seventh presentation in a videoconference series designed specifically to help paraprofessionals build the knowledge and skills needed to obtain the Special Education Paraprofessional Credential of Competency, available through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education.  Content for the two-year series will be aligned to the ten performance standards listed in the Special Education Paraprofessional Standards for Practice: Competency Assessment Checklist. Each session will concentrate on one standard. The seventh session focuses on the skill  areas of Standard #7: Instructional Planning. These areas are:
S1. Follow written plans, seeking clarification as needed.
S2. Prepare and organize materials to support teaching and learning as directed.  Attending this videoconference will provide participants with information on the skill areas and allow them to demonstrate S1 and S2 to supervisors.
Target Audience:
Paraprofessionals including:  Classroom Aides; Personal Care Aides; One-to-one Aides; Job Coaches; Instructional Assistants; Teacher Assistants; May also include:  Administrators; Teachers; Parents; Supervisors of paraprofessionals; Higher Education Personnel

You may register directly for either or both courses on-line by visiting PaTTAN's Online Registration page

Content Related Information and Questions:
Becky Wood ; 800-441-3215 X236 or bwood@pattan.net

General Registration Information and Questions:
Kristen Olszyk at kolszyk@pattan.net; or 412-826-6848


Mathematics and Response to Intervention: Implications for Instruction
November 19, 2008  
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
PaTTAN King of Prussia November 20, 2008-PaTTAN Harrisburg November 24, 2008-PaTTAN Pittsburgh
Credits offered: Act 48 Clock Hours
Description: This intermediate level training session for schools currently considering implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) in the area of mathematics is designed to provide information and promote discussion on how the core elements of a RtI model may be implemented for mathematics instruction. Topics will include an overview of the three-tiered system and discussion about what this might look like in mathematics, a review of the most current research related to the implementation of RtI in the area of mathematics, information regarding core program, universal screening, data analysis teaming, tier 2, tier 3, and discussion regarding the interrelationship between a standards-aligned system and RtI.
Target Audience: District administrators, building administrators, special education administrators, general education teachers, special education teachers, parents, Title 1 staff and math coaches from schools considering implementation of Response to Intervention.

Content Related Information and Questions:
Cecil Crouch at ccrouch@pattan.net, 412-826-6860

General Registration Information and Questions:
Pam Ranieri at pranieri@pattan.net, 412-826-6847

You may register directly for either or both courses on-line by visiting PaTTAN's Online Registration page

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