Teacher assistants play an integral role in the schools of Rhode Island. They provide instructional and other direct services to students under the supervision and direction of the classroom teacher or other certified professional staff. Teacher assistants are required to be trained before they are employed and to engage in ongoing professional development during employment so they can support school improvement and student achievement goals.
Teacher Assistants Fall Conference
RIDE and the East Bay Collaborative sponsored a professional development conference for teacher assistants through the Teacher Assistant Networks. The day-long conference for teacher assistants was held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Cole Middle School in East Greenwich. The conference sessions provided practical information and strategies that teacher assistants would be able to implement within the classroom to support student achievement and success.
Session topics included:
- Behavioral Support: Preventing Problem Behavior and Effective De-escalation
- Characteristics of Autism and its Impact on the School Setting
- Overview of Autism, Research and Using "The Incredible 5 Point Scale”
- Working with Students who Struggle with Common Emotional Disabilities
- Facilitating Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in General Education Classes
- Using Technology to Aid Instruction
Commissioner Deborah A. Gist attended and gave a welcome address to the group. Jessica Waters - 2013 State Teacher of the Year - was the keynote speaker.