Presentation on theme: "Paraeducator Orientation August Inservice 2014. Welcome! Paraeducators share many similar qualities: enjoyment of children willingness to assist."— Presentation transcript:
Welcome! Paraeducators share many similar qualities: enjoyment of children willingness to assist and support the teacher dedicated to helping students flexible and resourceful collaborate well with teachers and other paraeducators
Responsibilities of Paras Support the teacher Be a team member Carry out the programs developed by the instructional staff Assist with non-teaching tasks Help children become independent learners Prepare materials Provide supports in the general and special education classrooms
Confidentiality Only with those directly involved with the student Direct parent inquiries go to the supervising teacher Only with those who have a need to know Provide information for instruction only If you need a sounding board – talk to your supervising special education teacher
Timesheets Please keep them on a daily or weekly basis Email them into the central office by the 15 th of each month Must be signed by your supervising teacher Make sure that timesheets match your leave forms that have been sent to HPEC central office No more than 35 hours per week unless you have special permission from the director Unscheduled closings are built in at 7 hours per year to cover snow days, state basketball, music festivals
Technology *Do not text students *Do not text and drive *Do not be distracted from students by your phone *Follow the school’s cell phone policy *If students are not allowed to use their phone during class, then neither should you
Social Media Please do not add students to your social media Be careful about what you say and what pictures you post Please stay off of it during school hours
Chain of Command *Director *Area Supervisor *Principal *Immediate Supervising Teacher *In Class, General Education Teacher *In Resource Room, Special Education Teacher
Staff Development Beginning August 2009, High Plains Educational Cooperative will support a Tiered Paraeducator Inservice plan. Paraeducators who have worked as a Kansas special education para less than 3 years ( within the past 3 years) are to complete 20 hours of inservice if employed for 9 months during the school year. Paras can obtain hours by attending workshops, watching videos, reading books, and accessing the Infinitec website at http://www.myinfinitec.org. http://www.myinfinitec.org Need to turn in a Professional Development Plan quarterly to HPEC.
Interested in Becoming a Teacher? We will reimburse paraeducators for college coursework leading to a degree in education upon approval by HPEC administration. See page 17 of the Para Handbook. Each hour of college credit is worth 20 in-service points. www.fhsu.edu/te/pdfs/Residency-Brochure/
Ask Your Supervising Teacher and Your Peer Paras ….. What will my specific responsibilities be? What are my expected hours? Tell me more about how to do time sheets, PDC (Engage). What are your expectations with cell phone usage? What are the specific goals you have in mind for students? What techniques work best with what students?
Thanks! Have a great year! We are glad you are here!