Resources for Paraeducators during COVID-19.
Professional Learning Opportunities from Home:
Micro-Credentials: Micro-credentials are competency-based professional learning. Each Micro-credential focuses on one topic. Through a multitude of resources, educators complete assignments and submit them online. NEA Educators score the work and will either send you a link to your earned "badge" or provide feedback on assignments that do not meet the competency, and you can resubmit. After earning the Micro-Credentials, Vermont-NEA will provide you with a 15 hour professional learning certificate. NEA has created a website with all the Micro-Credentials that do not require you to be in a classroom. Please visit this new page here. Additionally, visit the Vermont-NEA Micro-Credential page here. For questions, please contact Juliette Longchamp at [email protected]
Everyone Counts: ESPs and the 2020 Census - April 2, 2020 7-8 PM -In March, the U.S. Census Bureau sent mailings to households all across America. The response to these mailings will affect funding and political power in every state, city and school district. Over $1.5 trillion in federal funds rely on census data, including funds for special education, teacher training, school lunch, transportation, Head Start and after-school programs. Every person missed by the Census means less money and less political power for your community. Even though the Census is safe, important and necessary – it misses millions of people every time. This session will discuss NEA’s “Everyone Counts” campaign, and what ESPs can do to make sure they, their students and their communities are counted fully.
Presenter(s): Eric Lotke, Senior Campaign and Election Specialist, NEA Center for Advocacy
Jean Faye, NEA ESP Member, Massachusetts Teachers Association Register Now!
Archived Webinar (Can watch now.)
Originally aired Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Do you work with students who receive special education services? Do you know what accommodations and modifications they are entitled to in their Individualized Education Program (IEP)? Do you have a clear understanding of your role in providing them? This webinar will provide participants with an understanding of accommodations and modifications, how they differ, and the process through which they are determined for individual students. Examples of a variety of accommodations and modifications that support instruction will be reviewed.
Originally aired Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Are you looking for ways to make your life easier through the power of Google? This workshop will introduce three Google tools that support improved organization and productivity. Participants will learn about the new features and tips of Gmail to make their emails more manageable. Additionally, they will learn how to customize Google calendars and learn how to keep track of notes and ideas with Google Keep.
Originally aired Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Autism is easily among the most misunderstood of all human conditions which poses daily challenges for educators and students alike. Have you ever asked, "Why do kids with autism do that?" The simple truth is students with Autism have several different behaviors that we, as educators, find difficult to understand because we cannot fully comprehend what it's like in the mind and body of someone on the spectrum. This highly informative webinar will focus on identifying the traits and characteristics of autism, development and implementation of proactive strategies to help manage sensory processing issues and meltdowns and the similarities and differences between same aged males and females with ASD.
Originally aired Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST
Do you work with students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)? Do you have a clear understanding of your role in helping to implement them? This webinar will provide participants with an understanding of IEP programs, including the federal laws that govern them. Participants will learn how paraeducators can use this information to provide the best supports to ensure student success and effective communication between teachers, paraeducators, and other members of the instructional team.
ESP Professional Growth Continuum
The ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC) provides a clear pathway for professional growth in all nine ESP career families, through various professional learning opportunities and the use of self-assessment tools.
We are proud to announce that the PGC is now available for download, www.nea.org/esppgc. We expect to make future updates to this page as we continue to identify and explore ways to effectively share this tool to members across the country. Although this new resource will be available in electronic format only, we are confident that it will help ensure professional learning and growth throughout ESP careers.