Paraeducator Summer Institute - Keystone Area Education Agency
Paraeducator Summer Institute - Keystone Area Education Agency

Paraeducator Summer Institute

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Paraeducator Summer Institute 2016
The Paraeducators' Role in Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Keystone AEA Conference Center, Elkader, Iowa
Registration fee:  $25; includes materials, breakfast, and lunch

Registration opens March 31, 2016


Four rotating sessions:  two in the morning, two in the afternoon.  Sessions will model evidence based practices in the ongoing evolution of the roles of paraeducators.  This will include advocating for the student and keeping the student safe.  Paraeducators will develop skills on how to foster independence and appropriate behavioral expectations in students across all settings.

Any paraeducator in Keystone AEA may attend.  Check back for more information.

NOTE:  Paras taking Keystone's Paraeducator Recertification Course must also register to fulfill class requirements for credit.



Para Summer Institute 2015

The Paraeducators' Role in Empowering and Motivating Positive Student Behaviors

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Keystone AEA Conference Center, Elkader, Iowa

Just Be Positive, Tracy Deutmeyer/Trishia Dietzenbach:  Keeping ourselves positive will help keep our students positive.  How can we do that, here are some tips.

Promoting Independence, Sara Shiller:  Learning the prompt hierarchy, level of necessary involvement, guiding questions and skills needed.
Para Prompts

Providing Accommodations/Modifications, Courtney Bentley:  Proctoring tests/assessments with consistency; if a student fails, it does not mean the para fails.
Accommodations vs Modifications
Para Test Presentation
Para Test Proctoring

Apps to Motivate, Kim Anderson:  There are many pieces of technology that can be used to motivate students and assist them at the same time.
Website to support powerpoint

Setting Goals, Angie Squires/Penni Gaul:  Goals are motivating for students and staff, short term and long term.  They can be visual helpers.

Safety First, Afton Osterberger/Mardi Heiar:  Safely transferring students with physical disabilities, how to move with the student, how to keep the adults safe too.




Para Summer Institute 2014

Hands-on Technology Workshop

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Keystone AEA Conference Center, Elkader

Make-'n-Take Boardmaker, Lisa AndreasenLearn to use Boardmaker, and then use that new knowledge to make one project on your own.

iPad Uses, Lois Henry: Learn the new features of OS7, how to customize the iPad for students,  how to find new apps, and more.
 iPad Basics
Camera App 

Talking Books & Social Stories, Marcia Boberg:  Session includes providing templates and guidance,instructions on finding images, etc.

Google Tools (from basic to advanced), Deb Henkes/Julie Tschirgi:  No one knows everything, but anyone can "Google it!"  Learn to use Google, YouTube, and other web resources to find the answer you need.  We'll also explore Google Docs and Google Sites for collaborating and sharing documents in the classroom.
Google Workshop Presentation
Google Doc for Google Workshop
Google Tips & Trick handout


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