Professional Learning for Education Technicians


Virtual sessions offered by Maine Department of Education staff are provided below. For other professional learning opportunities, click here.

Maine DOE Hosted ED Tech Professional Learning Opportunities

Sessions will be recorded and available in the table below after each session. You can also check out our YouTube Channel Playlists to browse recorded sessions by topic! Here is the Ed Tech playlist!

Topic

Brief Description

DOE Specialist(s)

Session Info & Recordings

Elementary Math This learning series will focus on instructional strategies commonly taught in today’s math programs, why we focus on conceptual knowledge before procedural knowledge in mathematics, and engaging routines to help implement a variety of strategies.  Sessions can be completed as a series or individually.

Jen Robitaille 
jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov

This series is full - recordings will be available below after the session is schedule to happen.

Why “New Math”? & Learning Progressions - Number & Counting
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Addition Strategies & Routines 
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Subtraction Strategies & Routines
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Multiplication Strategies & Routines
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Division Strategies & Routines
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Routines & Supporting Students
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Elementary Literacy
 
This learning series will focus on the basic components of literacy instruction that most commonly need intervention level supports from paraprofessionals. The general outline for each topic will be a review of important definitions and terms for common understanding, the importance of the components (maybe a little research) and some activities & teaching strategies that fall under the component.

Danielle Saucier
danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov 

Supporting Phonemic and Phonological Awareness & Phonics
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 2:00 pm
Watch a recording of this webinar
NOTE: the link on the final slide is incorrect and the correct link is https://bit.ly/2yrFyn9

Supporting Vocabulary & Spelling
Thursday, May 14, 2020, 2:00 pm
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Supporting Reading Comprehension and Fluency
Thursday, May 21, 2020, 2:00 pm
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Supporting writing
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 2:00 pm
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For a link please email danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov 

Recordings will be available a few days after the sessions are scheduled to happen.

Early Childhood Learning series will focus on guiding Ed Tech professionals in the Pre-K classroom around supervision of students, managing challenging behaviors and a CLASS observation overview.

Nicole Madore
nicole.madore@maine.gov

Marcy Whitcomb
marcy.r.whitcomb@maine.gov

Active Supervision in the Pre-K classroom
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 2:00 pm
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Challenging Behaviors: Classroom Factors
Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 2:00 pm
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Challenging Behaviors: Child Interactions
Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 2:00 pm
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Challenging Behaviors: Proactive Strategies and Conflict Resolution
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 2:00 pm
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CLASS Observations: An Overview
Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 2:00 pm

Watch a recording of this webinar

Navigating Online Classroom Tools This series will provide an initial overview of some of the most commonly used digital tools.  We will direct participants to additional self-paced and self-directed professional learning.  The series will continue with “help sessions” specific to each digital tool.

Jon Graham
jonathan.m.graham@maine.gov


Emma-Marie Banks
emma-marie.banks@maine.gov

Digital Tools in the Classroom 
Thursday 5/7 - Watch a recording of this webinar

Help Session - Google Classroom
Tuesday 5/19 11am - Watch a recording of this webinar

Help Session - Seesaw
Tuesday 5/19 3pm - Watch a Recording of this webinar

Help Session - Flipgrid & Padlet
Thursday 5/21 11am - Watch a recording of this webinar

Graphics, Infographic, Memes, Posters & More!
Thursday 5/21 3pm - Watch a recording of this webinar

Recordings will be available here a few days after the session is scheduled to happen.

Overview of Dyslexia This is a one hour session addressing dyslexia myths, definitions, characteristics and resources for those working with struggling readers.

Tracy Whitlock 
tracy.w.whitlock@maine.gov

Wednesday May 6, 2020 11am.
Watch a recording of this webinar

Recommend attending Literacy Sessions after this overview

Classroom Management - Effective Praise This session will provide participants with approaches for effective praise in the classroom.

Tracy Whitlock 
tracy.w.whitlock@maine.gov

Hosted by Pat Red of University of Southern Maine. DOE contact Tracy Whitlock tracy.w.whitlock@maine.gov

May 21, 2020 02:00 PM
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Practical SEL Strategies for Ed Techs:  Enhancing Student Emotional Regulation in Support Settings

This 4 part series will build a foundation for social emotional learning and will focus on:

*Understanding Responsive and Reactive Learners PreK-12th grade

*Understanding the differences between positive, negative and neural behavioral reinforcements and why tangible reinforcements for behavior often fall short of providing students with the life long skills required to be leaders of their own learning. 

*Recent brain science to support optimal learning.

* Introduction to brain based mindfulness practices. 

 *Pre-learning activities to assist with optimal attention and focus.

 *Foundation for restorative practices,  reinforcing relationships between Ed Techs and their students. 

Kellie Bailey
Kellie.Bailey@maine.gov 

These sessions are full - recordings will be available here at the end of the series.

 

Effective Family Engagement This two part learning series will focus on Effective Family Engagement strategies across all grade spans.  Part one will identify mind-set beliefs and thinking about their effects on current practices.  Part two will identify practices working with families from various ethic/religious backgrounds and being culturally responsive to all families.

Nena Cunningham
nena.m.cunningham@maine.gov


Deqa Dhalac
Deqa.Dhalac@maine.gov

Please Pre-Register Here
Upon approval you will receive log-in information for both sessions. It is recommended to attending both sessions. Recordings will be available here a few days after the sessions are scheduled to happen.

Part I - Reflecting on current practices within school settings and identifying mind-set beliefs that affect those practices.
Wednesday, May 13th @ 1:00-2:00pm
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Part II - Identifying effective practices while working with families with varying backgrounds and educational experiences.
Wednesday, May 20th @ 1:00-2:00pm
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Special Education Monday - Wednesday the education specialists will focus on programming that supports students, parents/caregivers, and teachers.  Thursday’s topic is transitioning and Friday is a weekly wrap up & questions.

Colette Sullivan 
colette.soldati@maine.gov


Leora Byras 
leora.byras@maine.gov 

Ongoing professional development and support in conjunction with special education teachers.
Mon-Fri 10am-11am

Find registration information on this web page under the appropriate date and time.
Each meeting has a code, to receive a certificate for 1 contact hour, contact Leora Byras at leora.byras@maine.gov

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for Education Technicians This 4-part learning series will help to frame the critical role that Educational Technicians play in MTSS frameworks in schools.

Andrea Logan
andrea.logan@maine.gov 

These sessions are full - recordings will be available here at the end of the series.

Global understanding of RTI/MTSS: Navigating the tiers of intervention
May 7 - 11am-12pm

Watch a Recording of Session 1 Webinar
Request Session 1 Certificate

Problem Solving Framework
May 12 - 11am-12pm

Watch a Recording of Session 2 Webinar

Request Session 2 Certificate

Universal system for collecting useful data
May 14 - 11am-12pm

Watch a Recording of Session 3 Webinar

Request Session 3 Certificate

Specific and useful feedback
May 19 - 11am-12pm
Watch a Recording of Session 3 Webinar
Request Session 4 Certificate

Source Brief Description Link
Reading Rockets:  Reading 101 A self-paced professional development course for K-3 teachers. The program provides teachers knowledge of reading and writing. https://www.readingrockets.org/teaching/reading101-course/welcome-reading-101 
Literacy Essential Modules Modules designed to extend knowledge of literacy essentials across PK-3. http://michiganascd.org/literacy-essential-modules/ 
National Education Association (NEA) Professional Learning for Paraeducators NEA offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities for paraeducators. http://www.nea.org/home/67091.htm 
Dr. Nicki Newton: Math Workstations in Action, Grades K-2 Self-paced modules of training for math workstations.  This course focuses on stations for Grades K-2, intentional, standards-based instruction, and implementing and assessing students in workstations. https://drnickinewton.thinkific.com/courses/math-workstations-in-action-k-2?coupon=spring2020math
Dr. Nicki Newton: Math Workstations in Action, Grades 3-5 Self-paced modules of training for math workstations.  This course focuses on stations for Grades 3-5, intentional, standards-based instruction, and implementing and assessing students in workstations. https://drnickinewton.thinkific.com/courses/math-workstations-in-action-grades-3-5?coupon=spring2020math
Early Childhood A free, live webinar series to support early childhood educators during these unprecedented times. Please join us for all sessions that support your needs. https://go.teachingstrategies.com/best-practices-webinar-series?utm_medium=email&utm_source=marketo&utm_campaign=covid19+communications&utm_content=em3-txt-link&utm_term=new-free-webinar-series
Early Childhood Free, interactive courses – each one based on early language and literacy practices proven to work. When you engage in these practices, YOU empower each child to decide his own destiny. We hope you will join the movement. https://app.coxcampus.org/courses?track=550c77f53637011100ce3cd4
Early Childhood Teacher to Teacher Talk is powerpoint presentation with supporting materials to help teacher engage in ongoing and effective communication with each other in the classroom that encourages and supports quality teaching and learning. https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/teacher-teacher-talk
Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules AFIRM Modules are designed to help participants learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an evidence based practice with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download. https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/node/137
Video series-Use of Evidence Based Early Interventions Eight videos illustrate how video, video conferencing, and related technologies can improve access to, and the quality of, supports for families as well as better enable teams to practice evidence-based early intervention services. Created by the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. https://ddc.ohio.gov/video-ei-series
Maine Department of Education The Maine Department of Education’s  Putting Reading First in Maine initiative offers a series of 17 video segments for professional development. Putting Reading First in Maine Video Series.