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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.

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Thursday, December 14 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Key Components When Training Paraeducators to Ensure Student Success LIMITED

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According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, a primary aim of special education services is to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities; yet, there is a wide gap between research and practice in special education. Practitioners who are familiar with evidence-based practices may not implement them accurately nor will they train their staff how to implement them. Simply acquainting practitioners with lists of evidence-based practices does not ensure accurate and effective implementation. Research has demonstrated the efficacy of behavioral skills training (BST) as an instructional method with learners with significant disabilities. Given the current high-stakes climate of teacher accountability in education and the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their peers without disabilities, effective strategies are needed to equip special education teachers with skillful repertoires of evidence-based practices (EBPs). As paraeducators are taking on more critical roles among students with disabilities in the classroom, the availability of training and professional development opportunities for these professionals continues to be lacking. The purpose of our presentation is to demonstrate to teachers and other professionals a research-based strategy when taking dense information from professional development trainings and translates that to a simple and brief training for paraeducators. This will include several components including creating a task analysis (i.e., checklist) of critical components, modeling, role-play, and ongoing feedback/coaching. Researchers will demonstrate to the audience the key steps to implementing staff training in the classroom and will also provide the audience with an opportunity to practice this skill.

Thursday December 14, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm EST
Imperial Ballroom, Salon A 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303