Emory Autism Center 2020 Summer Conference has ended
The Emory Autism Center’s Monarch Summer Conference is for anyone involved with the education of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including educators, vocational providers, behavior specialists, school administrators, paraprofessionals, speech and occupational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, school psychologists, parents, family members, mental health providers, families of individuals with ASD, and individuals with ASD.

We are featuring 25 sessions with top notch speakers in education and transition for students with ASD. Please identify the appropriate track (parent, education, transition) that will fit your interests/needs in order to identify sessions to attend.
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Thursday, July 16 • 10:15am - 11:15am
6C The Power of Paraprofessionals: Creating Partnerships in Co-Teaching Classrooms

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As teachers, we are responsible for implementing meaningful instruction as well as supporting paraprofessionals by providing specific training, observations, modeling and feedback regarding their interactions with students. By enhancing the paraprofessional/teacher partnership, staff can engage in ongoing conversations about their support styles, the need for aiding and fading, and the overarching learning opportunities for all students.

Learning Objectives
  1. After attending this session, participants will understand how to effectively train paraprofessionals in the co-teaching setting to increase student engagement, independence and academic achievement.
  2. Attendees will learn strategies to engage in reflective practice to examine the relationship between teachers, paraeducators and students.
  3. Participants will learn how to design a day utilizing paraprofessionals through communication strategies, and roles and responsibilities checklist.


Samantha Hebenstreit

Autism Specialist, Tapestry Public Charter School
Samantha began her work with students with autism while attendingThe University of St. Thomas in 2000, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree inSociology and Family Studies. Samantha spent several years working as a BehaviorTherapist before moving to Atlanta to pursue her... Read More →

Christina Gonzalez

Academic Support Specialist, Tapestry Public Charter School
Christina Gonzalez is the Academic Support Specialist and the Special Education Department Chair at Tapestry Public Charter School, in Dekalb County. She is a certified special education teacher who obtained her Master’s Degree in Administration and School Leadership from Concordia... Read More →

Thursday July 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
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