"Train the Trainer" Workshops for PSRPs

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 8:30am - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:30pm
Members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions representing paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRP) are invited to learn new curricula and gain the skills needed to be able to bring their professional learning back to their districts to help train their co-workers. This two-day "Train-the-Trainer" session includes three workshops providing high-quality professional learning, membership-engagement and leadership opportunities:
1. Disability Awareness
Some of our students in school have various disabilities ranging from mild to severe. In this session, participants will acquire a general understanding of the 13 disability categories listed in the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and key concepts related to educating these students. Participants will also learn about what it is like to have a disability and learn strategies to help their student’s learning and behavior.
2. Interacting with Students: Minimizing Unintended Consequence
Interacting with students in school should be a pleasant experience for students and staff. However, that is not always the case. When students misbehave, respond to the misbehavior. However, we must respond appropriately, which means not yelling and grabbing students. The results of these and other inappropriate responses can have serious consequences. Another concern is addressing false accusations that a student may make toward a staff member.  The workshop addresses the appropriate way to respond to student misbehavior, so that unintended consequences are avoided.
3. Self-Esteem for Kids with Attention and Learning Issues
Self-esteem is important for everyone, especially children. Considering a person’s self-esteem is tied up in their abilities and accomplishments, children with learning and attention issues can feel at a disadvantage even without external input and pressure. Positive self-esteem helps them academically and socially. Negative self-esteem fuels academic and social problems. In this session, we will examine what these learning and attention issues are, and why these students struggle to develop and maintain positive self-esteem. We will also learn practical strategies that can help these students develop and maintain positive self-esteem.
Participants must be able to attend both full day trainings to earn qualitation as a trainer. The first day will focus on becoming familiar with the curriculum content and the second day will focus on presentation and training skills. Participants must also be willing to provide their trainings to their own local and at the state level in the upcoming year.
Send email to AFT Connecticut's professional development coordinator (below) to register to partcipate.
AFT Connecticut
35 Marshall Rd.
Rocky Hill, CT
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Contact name: 
Jennifer Benevento
Contact phone: 
(860) 257-9782
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No cost for members