Mark your calendars!!
Paraeducator Summer Institute 2017
Educational Support: Strategies for Mental Health, Technology, Media Resources, and Everyday Classroom Scenarios
REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 27, 2017
*Thursday, June 15, 2017
*Check-in from 7:45-8:30; day ends at 4:30
*Keystone AEA Conference Center, 1400 Second St. NW, Elkader, Iowa
*Registration fee: $25; includes materials, breakfast, and lunch; nonrefundable after registration deadline
*Registration ends May 26, 2017
Any paraeducator in Keystone AEA may attend. No laptops/iPads are required.
Four rotating sessions: two in the morning, two in the afternoon.
*Mental Health - Amy Holst/Sara Kluesner: Learn about characteristics, resources, and strategies for various mental health
*Technology - Lisa Andreasen/Marcia Boberg: Learn various updates about Google, frequently used websites, browsers, and
*Media Resources - Norma Thiese: Tour the Keystone AEA media library, print shop, and watch the 3-D printer in action.
*Classroom Scenarios - Barb Frieden/Kelly Elliott/Abby Ball: Experience what it might be like to be the student in a classroom
with a learning disability and learn effective strategies to assist these students.
NOTE: Paras taking Keystone's Paraeducator Recertification Course must also register to fulfill class requirements for credit.
Paraeducator Summer Institute 2016
The Paraeducators' Role in Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Keystone AEA Conference Center, 1400 Second St. NW, Elkader, Iowa
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Sara Schiller, School Social Worker/Keystone Para Coordinator: An introduction.
Communication Strategies - Trishia Dietzenbach, Speech/Language Pathologist: Learn the importance of various communication systems and how they work.
Work Systems/Structure/Tasks - Greg Halsor/Suzie Maas, School Psychologists: Learn what work systems look like, how they function, different types of structure that can be provided, and how to make various tasks for a variety of students.
Questions to Ask
Visuals/Schedules/Routines - Ann Hagensick, Itinerant Teacher-ECSE; Shelley Schafer, School Psycholgoist: Learn how to use visuals to support students' needs, the different types of visuals available, the continuum of schedules, and importance of routines.
Visual Schedule Myths Live On
Visual Schedules 411
Promoting Social Participation Etc. - Cindy Henriksen, School Psychologist; Heather Blackmore, School Social Worker; Heather Blevins-Freitag, SE Consultant: Learn how to help students interact with their peers within various settings, and what tools will be useful.
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.
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 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.