In this webinar series, Learning About Paras, based on interviews with Dr. Michael Giangreco, Professor in the Department of Education and Coordinator of the graduate program in Special Education at the University of Vermont, Dr. Giangreco explains how districts’ intentional uses of paraprofessionals as part of an overall service delivery model can benefit all students and the educators who support them.
About Michael F. Giangreco
Michael F. Giangreco, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Vermont and serves as Coordinator of the Graduate program in Special Education. He is also affiliated with the Center on Disability & Community Inclusion. Prior to joining the faculty at UVM in 1988 he served as a community residence counselor with adults with developmental disabilities, special education teacher, and special education administrator. His work focuses on various aspects of education for students with developmental disabilities within general education classrooms such as curriculum planning and adaptation, related services decision-making and coordination, alternatives to overreliance on paraprofessionals and inclusive special education service delivery. Dr. Giangreco is the author of numerous professional publications on a variety of special education topics and has published a series of cartoons depicting educational issues and research findings.
In this webinar, Dr. Michael Giangreco presents seven guiding principles that educators, including paraprofessionals, may wish to consider for providing appropriate levels of support for students with disabilities. For more information on the importance of ensuring that all students receive access to and primary instruction from licensed educators–with proper support from paraprofessionals—listeners may wish to access Dr. Giangreco’s Podcast 1 located here: https://www.opepp.org/podcasts/
Fading Paraprofessional Support to Promote Student Independence
In this webinar, Dr. Teresa Grossi, Director of Strategic Developments at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, at the University Center for Excellence at Indiana University, explains how paraprofessionals can learn to offer an appropriate amount of support for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help ensure their students’ success and independence in the classroom and in everyday life.
About Teresa Grossi:
Teresa Grossi, PhD is the Director of Strategic Developments at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, at the University Center for Excellence at Indiana University. Prior to her current position, she served for over 17 years as Director of the Center on Community Living and Careers, which housed 7 different projects focusing on education, secondary transition services, vocational rehabilitation services, and community participation. Dr. Grossi has extensive background in education and employment for individuals with disabilities where she has served as a community-based instructor/teacher, transition coordinator, job coach and managed a vocational training program and a supported employment agency. She serves on a number of advisory and editorial boards and has conducted research and has written on secondary transition services, community supports and employment issues for individuals with disabilities.
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