Chancellor’s Conference Day Virtual Paraprofessional Conference
June 4, 2020
The Affinity Citywide Office is happy to continue our twice yearly tradition of having our conference for paraprofessionals. This year, due to COVID-19, our conference was forced to go virtual. Rather than partaking in one session, this year paraprofessionals will have the opportunity take part in 2 sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Almost every session is specifically tailored to paraprofessionals supporting students in a remote learning environment. We look forward to seeing your paraprofessionals there!
Paraprofessional Conference Sessions
How can I contribute in a virtual classroom?
How can you be an active part of instruction and engagement in a remote classroom? How can you use the strategies you already know, in the virtual world? This session will give you practical suggestions for how to engage fully in this remote learning space, including parallel teaching, alternative teaching and just general student engagement! Bring your questions and your experience to share! Much of the time will be used for Q&A with roundtable support from other participants.
Registration closed: AM Session | PM Session
Supporting Students with Executive Functioning
This session will provide paraprofessionals the opportunity to review 3 types of executive functioning skills, organization, time management, and routines. We will discuss how paraprofessionals can support their students with these skills during remote learning. Participants will engage in small breakout groups to share the support they are currently providing, and the practices they hope to apply after participating in this session.
Becoming Familiar with IEPs
This professional learning opportunity will increase participants' knowledge of how to read IEPs to glean the most crucial information to support their students. The focus will be on becoming familiar with disability classifications, the Present Levels of Performance (PLOP), annual goals, related services and testing accommodations.
Engaging and Motivating Students in the online environment
Participants will review strategies and interventions that support students’ sense of feeling connected in the remote learning environment. We will practice ways to praise using behavior specific examples and using the 5:1 ratio of praise model.
Chat with experts on Autism
Join in on a conversation with experts on autism. We will discuss how paraprofessionals can provide support during remote learning. In addition the panel will provide practical tips on how paraprofessionals can prepare students with autism to re-enter school.
How is English language development different in secondary education vs. childhood education?
(For Alternate Placement Paras)
During this session, participants will engage in understanding English language development for students at the secondary level (grades 7-12). Additionally, participants will develop a toolbox of strategies to support Multilingual Learners (MLLs)/English Language Learners ELLs) with IEPs to engage in remote learning instruction.
Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience During Remote Learning
This session will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experiences and become aware of the signs of both vicarious trauma and vicarious growth. Through this process they will be able to identify strategies that will then support the social emotional needs of their students during remote learning.