The Power of You! Paraprofessional Conference

Monday, January 29 at Resource Training & Solutions

Early bird registration by Friday, December 22: $70

Use code PARA18 for the Early Bird Discount of $10 per participant if registering by December 22.

After December 22: $80

This conference is designed for school staff who serve in the paraprofessional, or educational assistant role, supporting special education, English language learners, or Title I. Sessions will provide participants with strategies and practical information about their jobs as paraprofessionals.

Keynote speaker

Kat Perkins, semi-finalist on Season 6 of NBC's The Voice. Kat is a nationally recognized motivational speaker, entertainer, and author. She will share her message of how to succeed when making fearless choices and being the best employee you can be.


8:15-8:40 a.m. Registration
8:45-9:45 a.m. Welcome & Keynote Address
10-10:45 a.m. Session 1
10:55-11:40 a.m. Session 2
11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Lunch & Networking
12:30-1:45 p.m. Session 3
1:30-1:45 p.m. Closing Comment
1:45-2:45 p.m. Closing Address


Tips and Tricks to Support Student Behavior, by Rebecca Neis
This session will provide specific evidence-based strategies that you can use to both prevent problem behavior and help manage behaviors that arise. By the end of the session, you will have a toolkit of both proactive and responsive strategies to prevent problem behaviors and reduce the frequency and intensity of those that occur.

Love, See, Teach!, by Jenny Hill
Love, See, Teach! This is our job description in three words. Through stories, journaling, and conversation, you will reflect on how to best connect with your students. We will explore how to love students well, see them for who they are as unique individuals, and teach them to the best of our ability. Come and be refreshed and energized, remembering why you answered the call to become an educator.

The Effective Para-Teacher Team, by Jeanne Quinn and Missy Fee
We will share practices we have used to quickly and effectively communicate students' needs, goals and progress between the paraprofessional and the licensed teacher. Participants will also explore the use of anecdotal records and data to support student learning.

Foundational Literacy Skills: What are they and why are they needed?, by Stacy Thompson
In efforts to provide all students with a strong foundation in reading, schools focus on five essential components: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This session concentrates on these five components and demonstrates how they are essential to the development of proficient readers in elementary schools. Examples and strategies for each skill will be explored throughout the session. The knowledge acquired in this session will be directly applicable to your work with K-5 students in reading.

There’s an app for that!, by Jenny Hill
Are you working with students and need some fun an engaging activities to use on the iPad? This session will explore various apps available for math and reading to work with kids individually or in small groups.

Instructional Strategies to Increase Fluency, by Missy Fee
Participants will develop an understanding of the importance of fluency and how it improves reading comprehension. We will explore how to promote reading fluency across instructional contexts including interactive read-alouds, shared reading, guided reading and independent reading using a variety of procedures and teacher prompts.