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May 15, 2013

Professional Development for ESP Members


group3PSEA’s Professional Learning Exchange offers workshops for ESP members pursuing their Chapter 14 requirements. Approved faculty consists of PSEA staff, and in some cases, selected PSEA members.

PSEA is dedicated to assisting its members in all aspects of their careers including their standard of living, their work environment and their professional growth and development.  The PSEA Professional Learning Exchange presents multiple opportunities for members to seek their personal best in their work: ultimately it is the individual’s responsibility to determine their professional needs and to engage in those activities that maximize their professional effectiveness. The standards members apply to their performance reflect the commitment they have for their profession. The Professional Learning Exchange catalog lists opportunities for education support professionals.

There is a minimum session size of 15 participants, unless otherwise noted.  Flexibility is given with permission of the presenter.

To arrange for one of these workshops, please contact PSEA’s Education Services Division at 1-800-944-7732 for information on our presenters. Be prepared to provide the workshop title, date, location and an approximate number of participants.

New! Continuing education offering from the NEA:

A new session, De-escalation Techniques for Education Employees, is now available from NEA. This session is appropriate for both EA and ESP members and will provide strategies and techniques to diffuse an escalating situation at school without using force. The instructor will review verbal and nonverbal responses to this ever-growing concern in addition to a review of education employee’s rights and legal protections from the Association. NOTE: This session is 1 ½ hours in length and there is a minimum of 20 participants; pre-registration required.

To schedule a session, contact the Education Services Division: PSEA Headquarters, 1-800-944-7732. 

ESP Courses in the Professional Learning Exchange Catalog:

The ESP-Only courses are designed to assist instructional paraprofessionals and Personal Care Assistants (PCA) in meeting the continuing education requirement of Chapter 14. Please note: Individual employers have the authority to approve or deny training hours under chapter 14. PSEA recommends that PSEA ESP members seek pre-approval from employers to make sure that these courses will meet the Chapter 14 requirements. THE COURSES IN THE 1400 SERIES ARE NOT APPROVED FOR ACT 48 HOURS.

Course 1402
1.5 Activity Hours
Behavior and Students with Disabilities - An Introduction
Pennsylvania has determined that specific methods of controlling behavior are aversive techniques and are illegal. Do you know what they are? The course will follow up with pointers in working with students. This course is a great introduction to behavior for new staff and can reinforce skills for veteran paraprofessionals. Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standards #4 and 5 for Paraeducators (Instructional Strategies and Learning Environments/Social Interactions)

Course 1403
3 Activity Hours
Fine Tuning Communication Skills When Working With Students With Disabilities
The course is very interactive. The paraprofessionals will have multiple opportunities to practice listening and speaking skills that they can use with students with disabilities. Wait time, mirroring, emphatic listening and eye contact are explored in depth. Follow-up includes paraprofessionals setting goals that they will be reminded of months after taking the course via self addressed postcards. Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standard #6 for Paraeducators (Language)

Course 1404
2 Activity Hours
How to Build Success in the Classroom - A Hands-On Approach
The paraprofessional will be placed in the position of being a student expected to complete a hands-on project with 100% accuracy. The instructor will play the role of the teacher exploring various methods to increase the skill level of the "student". This course requires that the room set-up include tables that the paraprofessionals can work at during the activity. The paraprofessionals will analyze how they met with success and what strategies were used in the process. They will also share interventions and strategies that work with the various populations they serve. Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standards #3 and 4 for Paraeducators (Individual Learning Differences and Instructional Strategies)

Course 1405
1 Activity Hour
Restraint of Violent Students for Paraprofessionals
This course will be offered in two formats. The first will be the traditional lecture format with a live audience. The second will be a study group format in which a group of ESP members work independently to complete assignments after viewing a video and accompanying PowerPoint presentation and resources in a group setting. Once assignments are completed, submitted and approved, participants will receive a confirmation letter for a specified number of activity hours. The latter format is facilitated by members of the study group. Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standard #5 for Paraeducators (Learning Environments/Social Interactions)

Course 1406
1.5 Activity Hour
Communicating with Staff
This course will explore the communication skills of collaboration and brainstorming and how they are used successfully. Additionally, because instructional paraprofessionals and personal care assistants have a major responsibility of sharing data with their educational team, we will work on how language can communicate behaviors and skills that will help IEP teams and suport students. Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standards #5 and 6 for Paraeducators (Learning Environments/Social Interactions and Language)

Course 1407
1 Activity Hour
Chapter 14 Revisited
This course provides an update for paras on special education regulations and how those changes impact para qualifications, training, standards, requests for child find and supplementary aids and services for extra curricular activities. Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standard #9.

Course 1409
1 Activity Hour
Chapter 14 Impact on Education Support Professionals Quick Review
This course updates paraprofessionals on special education regulations. Subjects include behavior (current and changes in the law), paraprofessional qualifications, training requirements, standards, requests for child find, and supplementary aids and services for extra curricular activities. Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standard #9 for Paraeducators (Professional and Ethical Practice)

For additional offerings, please refer to the following courses:

  • 350 - Parent Engagement
    Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standards #6 and 10 for Paraeducators (Language and Collaboration)
  • 351 - Working with Students with Disabilities in the Classroom
    Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standards #4 and 5 for Paraeducators (Instructional Strategies and Learning Environments/Social Interactions)
  • 1204 - Child Abuse
    Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standards #9 for Paraeducators (Professional and Ethical Practice)
  • 1207 - Legal Issues for Teachers and Paraprofessionals
    Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standards #9 for Paraeducators (Professional and Ethical Practice)
  • 1208 - Maintaining Professional Relationships With Students
    Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standards #9 for Paraeducators (Professional and Ethical Practice)
  • 1209 - Legal Implications of Computer Resources in the Classroom
    Meets Council for Exceptional Performance-Based Standards #4, 7, and 9 for Paraeducators (Instructional Strategies, Instructional Planning, and Professional and Ethical Practice)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  How can I arrange to have one of these workshops?
A:  Please contact PSEA’s Education Services Division at 1-800-944-7732 for information on our presenters. Be prepared to provide the workshop title, date, location and an approximate number of participants.

Q:  Is there a cost to have one of these workshops?
A: Workshops are available at no cost to PSEA members.

Q:  When are these workshops available?
A:  Unless otherwise noted, workshops are available weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Q:  Is there a minimum number of attendees required for a workshop? 
A:  There is a minimum session size of fifteen (15) unless otherwise noted. Flexibility is allowed with the presenter’s permission.

 

 




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