2021-2022 Special Education Paraprofessional Training Series

To complete each session watch the video presentation and complete the review questions. The review questions will be made available once you have watched the full video presentation. The review questions are in multiple-choice format and you will receive immediate feedback.

Back to the Future: How Paraprofessionals Can Support Students Returning to In-Person Learning

As many schools and students shift from virtual/hybrid instruction back to in-person learning, PaTTAN consultants leading this training will review and guide reflection on where we have been and where we are now related to the impact of COVID-19. Participants will also learn about what we might expect from students as they return to school buildings. Finally, consultants will share helpful tips and strategies for supporting students’ successful returning to in-person learning. (One Hour)

Back to the Future: How Paraprofessionals Can Support Students Returning to In-Person Learning

Deaf and Hard of Hearing 101

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the CDC, about 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry, Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, estimate that 8.6% of Pennsylvanian’s are deaf or hard of hearing. In this video, Pattan’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing consultants will define deaf and hard of hearing terminology and identify types of hearing loss. They’ll review strategies to support d/hh students and will explore the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). They’ll end the presentation by sharing what you can do to learn more and where to find additional resources on supporting d/hh students. (One Hour)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing 101

VI Art of Communication, Part 1

Each year, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) polls each state for data on the number of legally blind children (through age 21) enrolled in elementary and high school in the US eligible to receive free reading matter in Braille, large print, or audio format. This poll is used to develop a quota of federal funds to be spent in each state for material in each alternative format. In 2017, The APH reported approximately 35,000 students in the United States had the legal definition for blindness, while 706,400 student were reported with a visual disability. The poll also found that 298,500 Pennsylvania residents reported having a visual disability in 2017.

This two part video series, Visual Impairment: Art of communication, developed by consultants from the PaTTAN Blind-Visual Impairment initiative, will share strategies to support the student with a blind or visual impairment to achieve independence. In this first video, you’ll learn the definitions for blind and for visual impairment as well as learning about different types of vision loss. In these videos, you’ll learn how to “do with, not for” your students. (One Hour)

VI Art of Communication, Part 1

VI Art of Communication, Part 2

Each year, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) polls each state for data on the number of legally blind children (through age 21) enrolled in elementary and high school in the US eligible to receive free reading matter in Braille, large print, or audio format. This poll is used to develop a quota of federal funds to be spent in each state for material in each alternative format. In 2017, The APH reported approximately 35,000 students in the United States had the legal definition for blindness, while 706,400 student were reported with a visual disability. The poll also found that 298,500 Pennsylvania residents reported having a visual disability in 2017.

This two part video series, Visual Impairment: Art of communication, developed by consultants from the PaTTAN Blind-Visual Impairment initiative, will share strategies to support the student with a blind or visual impairment to achieve independence. In this second video, consultants will share how to support students with vision loss and blindness and you’ll learn additional practical tips and strategies. You’ll also take a look at the Expanded Core Curriculum ECC). In these videos, you’ll learn how to “do with, not for” your students. (One Hour)

VI Art of Communication, Part 2