167. As a paraprofessional, how can I apply in my own classroom what I have learned in your seminars, when the teachers I work with use their own methods?

ANSWER

I always say that school districts, county offices of education and/or state educational agencies pay for the training of paraprofessionals, teachers, administrations and/or other school personnel or parents because the sponsors – the districts, counties, or state agencies-- strongly wish to encourage changes in their schools, the kinds of changes that the consultants and presenters like myself bring to the attention of all of you.

Now, sometimes not ALL persons that NEED to attend a training program CAN attend.   For example, the Office of Migrant Education can only train migrant education school personnel, or migrant education paraprofessionals.   Thus, these trainees –whether teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, counselors, specialists, etc,-- need to get back to the schools and HELP SPREAD the ideas provided in the training programs they attended to those who could NOT attend.   It is essential that these ideas be shared back at the school site.

As a paraprofessional, then, you could help inform your teacher, your principal, THE PARENTS of the students you serve, about the new ideas you have learned to apply in teaching your students.   Hopefully the now informed teachers, administrators, but especially the PARENTS can begin the process of changing their methods, their programs and their DEMANDS for changes within the school.         

I know that you may feel you do not have the expertise of a teacher or an administrator.   BUT YOU ATTENDED this training program sponsored by those who perceive you as a powerful CHANGE AGENT.   You can describe what you have learned, you can request that the presenter provide similar training to all teachers at your school, you can explain to the parents how important these new ideas you have learned are for the improved achievement of their children.   THEN YOU COULD begin to change how things may be done at your school.  

I hope you can NOW perceive yourself in this new light!

 

 


For more in-depth information, classroom demonstrations, and "coaching" of new and/or experienced teachers, Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK offers:

1. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
2. Cross Cultural Diversity - Multicultural Strategies
3. Effective Instruction for English Learners (L.E.P. students) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Promoting Academic Success in Language Minority Students
5. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
6. Oral Language / Literacy Skills / Higher Order Thinking Skills
7. 50/50 Dual Language Programs: design, planning and implementation
8. The Structure of English / The Structure of Spanish
9. Transition: Introduction to English Reading

Web Site Programs for Teachers: Numbers 1, 5, 7, 8, and 9.
Web Site Programs for
Paraprofessionals: Number 3.
Web Site Programs for
New Teachers:
Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity - The Challenge of Students Diversity
Identifying / Responding to Students' Language Needs
Phonemic Awareness: Teaching English phonics to L.E.P. students
Relationship Between Reading, Writing and Spelling
Improving Reading Performance -- Building Oral Language Skills)

Write and e-mail any additional questions you may have, and Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK will establish with you, your school or district a Technical Assistance Service Contract. Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK will answer all your questions promptly and to your satisfaction.

 

For information and credentials please click on the link below or contact directly:

CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK, Ph.D.

Educational Consultant, Program Evaluator

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Certification (12/2006)

3113 Malcolm Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90034-3406

Phone and Fax: (310) 474-5605

E-mail:  csssadek@gte.net