Paraprofessionals Institute on Inclusive Practices and Communication

Start date: 08/26/2019

End date: 08/28/2019

Time: 09:00am-2:30pm

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027

This three-day institute aimed at paraprofessionals (though teachers are certainly welcome to attend) will ensure a smooth transition into the new school year for staff and students alike. Focusing on adult communication and collaboration, with a special lens on families and the school community, attendees will learn to understand student behavior as communication and, sometimes, as a brain-based difference (trauma, executive functioning challenges, etc.). This institute will also focus on how best to support academics in the classroom for complex learners.

Participants will leave with a toolbox that includes:

  • Break systems
  • Reflection tools
  • Practical interventions
  • Data collection techniques and materials
  • Strategies for self-care and stress management
  • Action steps for sharing your learning back at school