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

Brainsteps: Training for Educators Who Support Students with Acquired Brain Injury (TBI & non TBI)

Brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults. Each year, over 500,000 children ages 0-14 sustain Traumatic Brain Injuries with 26,000 annually in Pennsylvania sustaining a mild, moderate or severe TBI. Many students return to school with lingering effects that impact classroom performance. BrainSTEPS has been designed to consult with school teams and families in the development and delivery of educational services for students who have experienced any type of acquired brain injury. To date, BrainSTEPS has provided training and consultation to thousands of students and hundreds of schools in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's BrainSTEPS (Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents, and Students) Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program was created by the PA Department of Health and is jointly funded by the PA Department of Health and Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education via the PaTTAN network. The Program is implemented by the Brain Injury Association of PA. https://www.brainsteps.net/index.aspx (Two Hours)

Brainsteps: Training for Educators Who Support Students with Acquired Brain Injury (TBI & non TBI)

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

Presuming Competence: Fostering High Expectations

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)

Presuming Competence: Fostering High Expectations

VI Art of Communication, Part 1

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

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