Teachers as Instructional Leaders: Building Exemplary Teacher Paraprofessional Teams
Teachers often find themselves in the role of manager in the classroom and school because much of the teacher’s job must be accomplished through others. Organizing schedules, planning for instruction and managing IEP accommodations for students often involve managing people. Staff, volunteers and parents are all part of the team that often need direction and encouragement so that they can contribute to the learning process. Many teachers report feeling unprepared for this part of their job. Teacher preparation programs often do not include strategies for working with support staff and other adults.
The content of this webcast includes strategies for establishing positive working relationships through planning, organization and communication with others who help with instruction.
Bio: Paige Carter joined VCU ACE in 2015 as a technical assistance associate. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Paige received a Bachelor’s degree in special education from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma in 1991 and her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from VCU in 1997. Paige served as a special education teacher beginning in 1991, supporting mainly with students with autism and developmental delays in Hanover, Caroline and Spotsylvania’s school divisions. She earned distinction as a National Board Certified Teacher in 2006. She also served as an autism specialist and Autism Coordinator in Spotsylvania County. Paige is currently pursuing a PhD in Special Education and Disability Policy at VCU. Paige lives with her family in Caroline County, VA.