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The Paraprofessional's Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention

The Paraprofessional's Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention

By Betty Y. Ashbaker & Jill Morgan

The Paraprofessional¬ís Guide to Effective Behavioral Intervention is a comprehensive guide to appropriate behavioral strategies for the classroom, based on the least restrictive behavioral intervention (LRBI) and positive behavioral intervention strategies (PBIS). Set in the context of the legal requirements for paraprofessionals to work "under the direction of a professional" (ESEA) and be "appropriately supervised" (IDEA), this guide provides practical research-based  strategies shown to be effective in a wide range of educational settings, which can be implemented immediately and with confidence.

The Pro-Active Paraeducator

The Pro-Active Paraeducator: More than 250 Smart Ideas for Paraprofessionals who Support Teachers

By Betty Y. Ashbaker & Jill Morgan

Hundreds of useful ideas for supporting student learning and behavior in the schools are offered by seasoned paraeducators and teachers. Tips, hints, and specific actions are suggested to proactively prevent problems before they begin. Topics include promoting positive behavior, making effective use of time, meeting needs of learners, and acting as part of the instructional team. This book was written for paraeducators, paraprofessionals, and others who support teachers.

Training Paraprofessionals And The Teachers That Work With Them

Training Paraprofessionals And The Teachers That Work With Them (DVD)

Presented by Betty Ashbaker & Jill Morgan

Without proper training the teacher and the paraprofessional may be working in a classroom that does not function well. This powerful training program will educate both teachers and paraprofessionals on how to (1) build partnership in the classroom, (2) establish a task analysis for each, (3) clarify expectations and targets, and (4) promote professionalism with training in collaboration, instruction, behavior management, and more.

Paraprofessionals in the Classroom: A Survival Guide (Second Edition)

By Betty Ashbaker & Jill Morgan

Using a straightforward approach, this guide covers topics such as behavior, teaching, assessment, and collaboration, outlining how paraprofessionals can support both students and teachers. Grounded in real classroom situations, it also addresses issues such as learner diversity, confidentiality, professionalism, role definition, and self-evaluation.

How to be a Successful Teaching Assistant

How to be a Successful Teaching Assistant

By Jill Morgan

This practical guide gives useful advice for TAs on understanding their role, responding to pupils' needs, implementing strategies for behavior management, and working in a team. Each chapter includes checklists for TAs to record their progress, along with real life case studies for guidance and support. The book also includes a list of useful organizations, websites, and other sources for further reading.

Supporting and Supervising your Teaching Assistant

Supporting and Supervising your Teaching Assistant

By Jill Morgan & Betty Ashbaker

In this highly practical book, the authors provide strategies to help teachers maximize their working relationship with their teaching assistants (TAs). Topics covered include the following:

  • What responsibilities can be delegated to the TA?
  • Who is accountable for the work the TA does?
  • How can continuing professional development be provided for the TA?
  • How can teacher and TA create an effective team that will enhance the pupils' school experience?

This book is a must for all teachers who share their classroom with a TA.

The Paraprofessional's Guide to Dyspraxia

The Paraprofessional's Guide to Dyspraxia: Clumsy Child Syndrome or Developmental Coordination Disorder

By Geoff Brookes & Betty Ashbaker

We used to just call them clumsy, but now we know that Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a very real neurological condition that has a profound effect on a child's life. This is not simply a case of someone with 'two left feet' but pervasive impairments of memory, organisational skills, social competence. This book provides clear insight into the nature of DCD or Dyspraxia, and offers very practical suggestions and strategies for how to effectively support students with this condition. On average there will be at least one of these students in every classroom, but as with so many conditions, there will be other students in the class who have some of the same characteristics, but to a lesser degree, who will also benefit from these strategies. Paraprofessionals and other education personnel will find this book invaluable.