How to Create a State Wide Initiative to Support and Enhance Paraducator Professional Development

Session Title

How to Create a State Wide Initiative to Support and Enhance Paraducator Professional Development

Presenter/s

Dr. Jonelle

Description

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for participants interested in joining together to discuss and think through the steps necessary to initiate a state wide program for paraeducators in promoting standards of practice, professional development, career ladders, enhanced opportunities for bilingual and increased diversity, and advancing the paraeducator profession.The workshop format will allow for small group discussions to explore and share knowledge; presentations and examples of successful initiatives; large group discussion time to explore questions and seek feedback; and in-depth discussion on the "Five Strategic Steps" for implementing a statewide initiative: 1) Effectively defining the need for state wide funding and support 2) Developing critical momentum and launching state wide partnerships 3) Preparing the plan and outcomes to secure support and buy-in 4) Making the "ask" and initiating legislation 5) Staying the course with collaboration and compromise. This template was generated from Washington State lessons learned from 2014-2018 (which will include examples of lessons learned and helpful advise to others preparing for statewide programs). Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to develop and plan a state wide initiative and have access to helpful research, reports, and templates for use in their own state.