Sub Header

Conference Details


2024 Annual Paraeducator ConferenceDetails

August 08, 2024


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Keynote - Ben Hartranft
Join Ben Hartranft, an autism advocate and public motivator, as he speaks to schools, businesses, organizations, clubs, camps, churches, and events. He shares how inclusion and kindness shaped his life with autism.

Instructor: Ben Hartranft
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Milton High School
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1
10:05 AM - 10:20 AM
AM Break

Instructor: N/A
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 10:05 AM - 10:20 AM Milton High School
10:20 AM - 11:20 AM
Keynote - Bringing Your “A” Game to the New School Year

As paraeducators, YOU are essential members of the educational teams, providing invaluable support to teachers and students. This session is designed to equip you with strategies and resources to enhance your skills and knowledge, so you are prepared to kick off the new school year with confidence and enthusiasm. Join us to explore practical tips, share experiences, and discover opportunities for professional growth as we gear up for a successful and rewarding year ahead.

Objectives:

  • Discuss practical strategies to support student learning effectively.
  • Examine resources to prepare for the demands of the new school year.
  • Explore opportunities for professional learning and networking.

Instructor: APR
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 10:20 AM - 11:20 AM Milton High School
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Lunch

Instructor: N/A
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 11:20 AM - 1:00 PM Milton High School
Hours Act 48 Hours 
Registering will put you on Waitling List for this session.
Breakout Session 1- "The Power of Prevention: Strategies to Promote Desired Behavior"
This session introduces antecedent strategies and describes how to implement these techniques proactively. Establishing behavioral supports prior to the display of interfering behaviors leads to better outcomes for our students and clients. Participants will learn how to develop these supports based upon the maintaining variables surrounding behavior.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Instructor: Agatha Hall
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- An Introduction to AI in Education

Discover the exciting world of Artificial Intelligence and its incredible potential to revolutionize teaching and learning. Learn about innovative tools and practical applications and uncover ways AI can supercharge instructional methods and optimize student outcomes.  Prepare for a hands-on experience where you will gain insights and skills that can also make your workflow more efficient. (Note:  Please bring a personal device, such as a computer or tablet, if possible.)

Instructor: Abbey Flick
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- Avoiding Burnout for the Paraprofessional

"Avoiding Burnout for the Paraprofessional" is a professional development session designed to equip paraprofessionals with strategies to prevent and manage burnout in their roles within educational support settings. The session covers topics such as recognizing signs of burnout, understanding the factors contributing to burnout specific to paraprofessionals, implementing self-care practices, setting boundaries, seeking support from colleagues and supervisors, and fostering a healthy work-life balance. Through interactive discussions and real-life examples, participants will gain insights into maintaining their well-being while effectively supporting students and collaborating with educators.

Instructor: Michelle Kern
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- Communication - AAC Modeling
AAC Modeling is a critical strategy to use with AAC users in order to achieve successful implementation of a communication system. We cannot just place a communication system in front of a student and expect them to become skilled communicators. If the communication system is not modeled, it would be similar to expecting someone to learn to speak a language that they had not been exposed to. This session will discuss how to model language with a communication system as well as provide opportunities for practice. 
Instructor: Reanna Buehler
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- Learn the Truth About E-Cigarettes

Join Ann Dzwonzik, from Evangelical Community Hospital, to learn about the long-term health effects and the addictive nature of the products, and why they should not be used. 

More than 2.5 MILLION youth currently use e-cigarettes. Statistics show youths vape on a regular basis and most choose flavored e-cigarettes thinking vaping is harmless. 

Through this educational program participants learn:

·      The harmful ingredients in e-cigarettes or vapes

·      The long-term health effects of use

·      The addictive nature of the products and why they should not be used 

·      What current devices are on the market and how they are hidden in plain sight

Instructor: Ann Dzwonzik
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- Para-Educator "Talk Moves" for Student Engagement and Learning
Paraprofessionals who provide support in inclusive settings have numerous opportunities to help students learn alongside and interact with their peers without disabilities. This places paraprofessionals in a unique and impactful position to facilitate inclusion, advance learning, foster relationships, and promote a sense of belonging for students with disabilities. This session gives paras a toolbox of talk-moves to use to help your students own their learning.
Instructor: Colleen Epler-Ruths
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- Prompting/Scaffolding
Arc- Eleni- Prompting Scaffolding
Instructor: Eleni Burd
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

Instructor: Rebecca Perruquet
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- Self Regulation- Support the Development in Children

This presentation will be centered around classroom tools that can be utilized within early childhood settings in order to support the development of self-regulation in children. Participants will learn strategies to teach children different states of alertness in regards to their emotions and they will also learn how to de-escalate children back to a more regulated state. The presentation will provide real life scenarios for participants to engage in.

Instructor: Kaitlyn Hall
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- Supporting Peer Interactions
This session targets using basic evidence-based practices to support peer interactions. It will provide activities for planning, using, and monitoring these steps. Paraprofessionals working with elementary school students (ages 5-12) will find this information most beneficial.
Instructor: Michael Lord
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Unlock your potential as a collaborative team member during this dynamic session. We’ll focus on the essential skills needed to elevate your partnerships with teachers, therapists, and school leaders. We’ll explore strategies to navigate conflict constructively and communicate student information with confidence by practicing active listening and identifying ways to appropriately share sensitive information. Feel empowered to start the school year with a toolkit of practical techniques to strengthen your teamwork and information-sharing abilities.

Objectives: 

  • Discuss and practice strategies for collaborating with a variety of education personnel.
  • Examine principles and policies to guide ethical practices.
 
 
Instructor: Tammy Bertel
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning, What is that? This session will teach the basics for Universal design and its benefits not only in the classroom but also outside of it too!
Instructor: Robin Massina
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

Breakout Session 1- What are Executive Skills?
What do organization, focus, persistence, and attention have in common? They are all executive skills students (and adults) need to perform daily tasks! This session will give an overview of what executive skills are, when they develop, and most importantly - why they matter for our students. 
Instructor: Jenni Waltman
DateTimeNotes
08/08/2024 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1

1:50 PM - 2:00 PM
PM Break

Instructor: N/A
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 1:50 PM - 2:00 PM Milton High School
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Breakout Session 2- "The Power of Prevention: Strategies to Promote Desired Behavior"
This session introduces antecedent strategies and describes how to implement these techniques proactively. Establishing behavioral supports prior to the display of interfering behaviors leads to better outcomes for our students and clients. Participants will learn how to develop these supports based upon the maintaining variables surrounding behavior.  
 
 
 
 
 

Instructor: Agatha Hall
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Milton High School
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1
Registering will put you on Waitling List for this session.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Breakout Session 2- An Introduction to AI in Education

Discover the exciting world of Artificial Intelligence and its incredible potential to revolutionize teaching and learning. Learn about innovative tools and practical applications and uncover ways AI can supercharge instructional methods and optimize student outcomes.  Prepare for a hands-on experience where you will gain insights and skills that can also make your workflow more efficient. (Note:  Please bring a personal device, such as a computer or tablet, if possible.)


Instructor: Abbey Flick
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Milton High School
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Breakout Session 2- Avoiding Burnout for the Paraprofessional
"Avoiding Burnout for the Paraprofessional" is a professional development session designed to equip paraprofessionals with strategies to prevent and manage burnout in their roles within educational support settings. The session covers topics such as recognizing signs of burnout, understanding the factors contributing to burnout specific to paraprofessionals, implementing self-care practices, setting boundaries, seeking support from colleagues and supervisors, and fostering a healthy work-life balance. Through interactive discussions and real-life examples, participants will gain insights into maintaining their well-being while effectively supporting students and collaborating with educators.

Instructor: Michelle Kern
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Milton High School
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Breakout Session 2- Communication - AAC Modeling
AAC Modeling is a critical strategy to use with AAC users in order to achieve successful implementation of a communication system. We cannot just place a communication system in front of a student and expect them to become skilled communicators. If the communication system is not modeled, it would be similar to expecting someone to learn to speak a language that they had not been exposed to. This session will discuss how to model language with a communication system as well as provide opportunities for practice. 

Instructor: Reanna Buehler
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Milton High School
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Breakout Session 2- Learn the Truth About E-Cigarettes

Join Ann Dzwonzik, from Evangelical Community Hospital, to learn about the long-term health effects and the addictive nature of the products, and why they should not be used. 

More than 2.5 MILLION youth currently use e-cigarettes. Statistics show youths vape on a regular basis and most choose flavored e-cigarettes thinking vaping is harmless. 

Through this educational program participants learn:

·      The harmful ingredients in e-cigarettes or vapes

·      The long-term health effects of use

·      The addictive nature of the products and why they should not be used 

·      What current devices are on the market and how they are hidden in plain sight


Instructor: Ann Dzwonzik
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Milton High School
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Breakout Session 2- Para-Educator "Talk Moves" for Student Engagement and Learning
Paraprofessionals who provide support in inclusive settings have numerous opportunities to help students learn alongside and interact with their peers without disabilities. This places paraprofessionals in a unique and impactful position to facilitate inclusion, advance learning, foster relationships, and promote a sense of belonging for students with disabilities. This session gives paras a toolbox of talk-moves to use to help your students own their learning.

Instructor: Colleen Epler-Ruths
DateTimeLocation
08/08/2024 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Milton High School
SelectUnitsUnit TypeHours
0 1