Summer 2019 Training Opportunities


August 12 & 13, 2019 8AM to 3PM


DESCRIPTION OF PRESENTATIONS ~ PARAPROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE ~ AUGUST 2019

 

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: OPENING DOORS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Chelly Ney ~ CSIU

This session will give an overview of "no-tech" to "high tech" assistive technologies through the 11 areas of assistive technology for students with disabilities who have a variety of educational needs.  Participants will briefly exam how AT is addressed under IDEA regulation.  Participants will be given an opportunity to explore various AT tools for the classroom.

 

BULLYING – Trooper Anthony Petroski ~  PA State Police

This informal session will address the issue of bullying, will allow staff to ask questions and to explore current issues related to the topic with a PA State Police Officer.

 

CONCUSSIONS 101 – Pamela Inch ~ CSIU

What is a concussion?  Join me in this session as we explore this and much more.  Learn the facts and myths surrounding concussions and what one might feel like.  Be prepared to wear “the goggles” and have fun!

 

EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS IN THE CLASSROOM – Stephanie Burke & Dr. Jennifer Gurskie ~ CSIU

This session will enable participants to experience executive functioning skill deficits through simulations and classroom examples. Strategies for supporting students to further develop these skills in the classroom will be explored.

 

EXPLORING THE IEP - Misty Harris ~ CSIU

What is an IEP?   What parts should a para be aware of?  How do I help support students using their IEPs?  If you have these questions, this session is for you.  We will go over the parts of an IEP and talk about the specific areas that you should be aware of, as well as discuss how to monitor a student’s progress.

 

HELPING TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN LEARN – Melanie Vognetz ~ CSIU

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools can improve educational outcomes for all students.  Research from psychology and neurobiology summarizes the impact trauma has on children’s learning, behavior and relationships in school. Although helping traumatized children is a whole-school approach, this session  will focus on important issues for staff intervention.

 

HOW DO THEY GROW? EXPLORING CHILD DEVELOPMENT K-3 – Joan Horton ~ CSIU

This interactive session will explore the widely held expectations of children in grades K-3.

Discover some of the interesting behaviors of children from ages 5 to 9 and how they impact learning.

 

INTERPRETING CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS: AS EASY AS ABC – Emily Smith ~ CSIU

Staff often encounter challenging behavior from students in the classroom setting.  Understanding these behaviors can be difficult.  In this session, staff will explore the causes behind challenging behavior, how to respond to these behaviors, and how to help students learn to get their needs met in more appropriate ways.

 

OPIOID 101 Joanne Troutman & Melissa Farrow ~ United Way/United in Recovery

In this session, staff will learn about the state of opioid use disorder and the science of addiction. The session also touches upon issues related to substance use disorder stigma and how to address that.

 

POVERTY: MYTHS & REALITIES – Michael Lord ~ CSIU

The participants will review and analyze myths and realities regarding families living in poverty.  The participants will also discuss how poverty myths can impact educators’ perceptions of students and parents.

 


PRAGMATIC/SOCIAL DEFICIT - Patricia Lawton ~Pragmatic & Social Deficits, Bloomsburg University

This session will provide information on deficits of social/pragmatic communication. An explanation of the various difficulties that students experience and how these challenges affect students socially and academically will be discussed. Paraprofessionals will learn basic tips and strategies in order to play a vital role in the support of students with social learning difficulties.

 

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE WORLD OF WORK – Kristen Liberati ~ PA CareerLink

This session, presented by a representative from Career Link, will discuss strategies and consideration for preparing students for the world of work after graduation.

 

PRESUMING COMPETENCE – Dr. Anthony Serafini ~ CSIU

All students have unique backgrounds, strengths, and skills.  This session will discuss the importance of presuming all students to be competent and able to learn challenging skills, regardless of their disability label.  This session focuses on the positives and will help you see the potential within each of your students.

 

TEAMING FOR STUDENT SUCCESS – Dr. Jennifer Gurski ~ CSIU

The paraprofessional is critical to student success, ongoing communication and the facilitation of positive relationships between teachers, students and parents. At times, this role can be both challenging and demanding. This session will utilize a scenario approach to discuss guiding principles to assist the paraprofessional in resolving conflict, effectively communicating with team members, and maintaining confidentiality of information.

 

THE PARAEDUCATION ROLE IN SUPPORTING READING INSTRUCTION @ THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL – Kim Meiss ~ CSIU

This session will have an elementary focus with effective strategies for students with reading difficulties at the word level. It is an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of reading instruction.  Participates will build a knowledge base of effective, researched based intervention strategies and instructional techniques. The knowledge gained through this training will provide you with the materials and skills you need to support teachers, run literacy groups, or tutor one-on-one at your school.

 

THE PARAEDUCATION ROLE IN SUPPORTING READING INSTRUCTION @ THE MIDDLE/ HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL – Christine Mitcheltree ~ CSIU

This session will have a middle school/high school focus presenting researched based strategies for students who need support in vocabulary acquisition and comprehending challenging texts in all content areas. Participants will gain an understanding of several techniques to increase student success with vocabulary and strategic approaches to understanding texts.

 

TO KNOW ONE IS TO KNOW ONE – Barb Morgan ~ CSIU

Come experience what it feels like to be on the autism spectrum and discover creative ways to deal with students on the spectrum as we continue to strive for inclusive practices in the classroom.  Bring your questions and experiences to share with the group!

           

UNDERSTANDING THE DEAF/HARD OF HEARING - Nikolle Bastian ~ CSIU

During this session, the presenter will review what hearing loss may look like in the classroom setting.  We will also discuss hearing aids and technology used in the educational setting.

 

UNDERSTANDING STRESS – Maureen Negron ~ EAP

In this training we will examine the most common causes of stress and the effect stress has on our emotional and physical health. Although we cannot eliminate stress in our lives we can learn how to minimize it.  We will review healthy ways to tackle stress and the importance of resilience, including the core components of resilience:   self-reliance, perseverance, balance and self care.