How to Work Effectively With Paraprofessionals
The presence of paraprofessionals is an important and growing feature of the school landscape. Often, though, special and general educators have not been fully prepared to work collaboratively with a paraprofessional, but doing so can improve the efficiency of the work environment and support student learning. This webinar recording provides an introduction to various roles of paraprofessionals and provides practical tips on collaborating with them.
Dr. Shawn Watters' professional mission is to "Inspire lifelong learning in others with trust, integrity and joy." She has extensive public school special education teaching experience in Preschool and Early Childhood settings. Dr. Watters has experience presenting papers at national and international levels and in higher education authoring and implementing teacher education curriculums in early childhood and intervention specialist. She holds an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership with expertise in Early Childhood and Special Education Teacher Preparation.
Lydia Gerzel-Short, Ed. D. is an Assistant Professor of Education at Rockford University. She teaches a variety of courses in the preparation of teacher candidates including collaboration, instructional methods for student with mild disabilities and students with intellectual disabilities. As a former special education case manager, she collaborated with a team of paraprofessionals developing professional development opportunities for the staff with whom she worked. Most recently, she developed a professional development training on inclusionary practices for paraprofessionals a large diverse urban school district in Northern Illinois.
Greg Conderman, Ed.D. is Professor of Special Education at Northern Illinois University. He teaches classes in collaboration, inclusion, and instructional methods for teaching students with mild disabilities. Before his years of teaching students with disabilities, he was a para professional working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities. During his years as a special educator, he worked with para professionals. He continues to consult with school professionals on enhancing collaborative school practices.
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