support & collaboration

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Support & Collaboration:

Support & Collaboration EDUA 5600


Pre-Assessment Comment on the sample IEP page Note the good and/or not so good Put your name on the paper


Activate What supports are available for teachers to enable them to teach all students together well?

Ways Support is Provided:

Ways Support is Provided Students helping students School support team School support programs Collaborative consultation Collaborative teaching Professional development

Manitoba Education:

Manitoba Education


Goals Understand how the concept and practice of support for teachers and students works in effective inclusive schools to strengthen learning Funding Effective utilization of educational assistants

Criteria Confusion:

Criteria Confusion Programming Adapted, modified, individualized Funding Individual Education Plans


Funding Student Services Grant Level II & III Funding

Student Services Grant:

Student Services Grant Combines several categorical grants into a single grant, providing greater flexibility to school divisions in deciding how to allocate their student services dollars Calculated with a funding formula

Designed to assist students:

Designed to assist students Students with mild to moderate learning and behavioural difficulties Students considered “at-risk” due to social, emotional, behavioural, or physical factors that impact on their ability to succeed in school Students who require behaviour intervention in the early years

Level II and III Funding:

Level II and III Funding Supplemental funding for individual students Also known as – categorical funding

Level II Support - $8,955:

Level II Support - $8,955 Funding eligibility criteria based on the student's need for individualized instruction for a major part of the school day Students with the following conditions Severe multiple disabilities Severely psychotic Moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder Deaf or hard of hearing Severely visually impaired Very severely emotionally behaviourally disordered

Level III Support - $19,920:

Level III Support - $19,920 Funding eligibility criteria based on the student's need for individualized instruction for the entire school day and additional specialized supports Students with the following conditions Profound multiple disabilities Severe to Profound Autism Spectrum Disorder Deaf Blind Profoundly emotionally behaviourally disordered

Effective Utilization of Educational Assistants:

Effective Utilization of Educational Assistants

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What do EA’s do? What are the benefits of EA support? What are the drawbacks of 1-1 EA support? What alternatives are there to 1-1 EA support?

Duties of Educational Assistants:

Duties of Educational Assistants According to The Education Administration Act : A paraprofessional shall perform the duties assigned by the principal.

Duties Not Allowed:

Duties Not Allowed Organizing or managing the classroom Planning teaching strategies Directing the learning experiences of pupils including: assessing individual needs selecting materials to meet those needs and evaluating progress.

Roles of Educational Assistants:

Roles of Educational Assistants Implementation of teacher-planned instruction Supervision of students Clerical and general duties Behavioural and social support Supporting individual student needs

Potential Benefits:

Potential Benefits Busy teachers and concerned parents appreciate the availability of a second adult to provide an extra set of helping hands, eyes, and ears in the classroom. They may provide cultural perspectives or speak the primary language of non-English-speaking students.

Potential Concerns:

Potential Concerns Educational Assistants remain untrained or under-trained for their roles, which at times are questionable (e.g., planning lessons, making curricular decisions) Educational Assistants are often unsupervised and not operating under the direction of a special educator or teacher.


Concerns Inappropriate utilization or excessive proximity of Educational Assistants has been linked to inadvertent detrimental effects (e.g., dependence, interference with peer interactions, insular relationships, stigmatization, provocation of behaviour problems, interference with teacher engagement)


Concerns Assignment of individual Educational Assistants has a negative impact on pupil's academic progress. Providing Educational Assistant supports may delay attention to needed changes in schools.

Over or Inappropriately Reliant?:

Over or Inappropriately Reliant? Is your school over reliant or inappropriately reliant on Educational Assistants? Complete the school-based screening tool Supplement not supplant certified educators


Training  Upside  Onside  Downside


Alternatives Ways that reduce the problematic, though unintended, effects of excessive or unnecessary EA utilization Several possible alternatives Applicability of these ideas will vary based on local factors (e.g., collective bargaining)

Analyzing the Alternatives:

Analyzing the Alternatives 5 alternatives Read and discuss the alternative Be prepared to: provide a brief summary of the alternative explain its applicability to your context

Additional Resources:

Additional Resources Michael Giangreco’s website MTS Handbook Man Ed Handbook Links to print resources and websites are available on the wiki

Bend, Twist, Represent:

Bend, Twist, Represent Use the two chenille stems to visually represent what you have learned about effectively utilizing EA support Think about how you will explain your representation to your group Share with group What are some of the best features from the creations in the group?

Collaboration & Co-Teaching:

Collaboration & Co-Teaching


Collaboration Look like Sound like Feel like


Definitions Collaboration: the style or approach used by equal partners as they voluntarily work towards a common goal Co-teaching: two professionals delivering instruction to a blended group of students, primarily in a single classroom

Benefits :

Benefits Greater collegial exchanges of strategies between professionals Increased understanding of all students' needs Stronger instructional programs grounded in general education content for students with disabilities Increased acceptance of students with disabilities by their peers Decreased burnout for professionals

Types of Co-Teaching:

Types of Co-Teaching Lead and Support Station Teaching Parallel Teaching Alternative Teaching Team Teaching

Keys to Success:

Keys to Success Planning Disposition Evaluation

Barriers to Effectiveness:

Barriers to Effectiveness Time Grading Student readiness Teacher readiness

Create an analogy:

Create an analogy Collaboration is like because…

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