It’s our Sixth Anniversary! Technically yesterday. That is the hazard of being a ‘leap year’ company.
One of the things that seems the most often confusing is honestly at what point did “ParaEducate” become separate from “ParaEducate [the book]”? The thing is: one could not have started without the other. We’ve told this story before though—the world as we see it can only to continue to build from our growth on adapted and modified curriculum. As we’ve grown in scale we’ve looked at the expanse of materials that can best express that a student is seeing and experiencing in a classroom. We’ve continued to progress and are actively working to complete many more materials.
We chose our anniversary to coincide with the publication of the book because this was the jumping ground for us. None of the things we provide: YouTube collaborations with a variety of partners, conferences, private trainings, and more publications.
We know what it means to walk into a staff meeting and get them oriented on the future. A future for each student, both general education and special education. We don’t exactly have a definitive answer what that future clearly looks like, but approaching graduation or even a certificate of high school matters for each student. As a company we’re much more comfortable with reach out and introductions building the teams and sharing strategies for working with students.
ParaEducate is honored to make it to our sixth year of service to the special education community at large and hopes to continue to do so. We’ve also been reached by some old friends and cannot wait to reunite and bring you more materials.
Our connection with the world in general has grown by leaps and bounds. Especially in the last few months, we’ve crossed into new territory on Twitter and Facebook. We will continue to make strides with Google+, though we do not update as often as we know our followers there would like.
We’ve been looking at getting better connected with making sure that every paraeducator knows they have a chance to be a part of a unique opportunity: education. Every little in road matters. We will continue to reach out and be there with the blog, the website, and our publications.
What’s the mess?
Renay is prepping for Cal-TASH this weekend. So we have a lot of things going on in the main office.
We’re also looking at the actual completion of long awaited academic materials. We’re really hoping to release these items within hours of each other so we’ve been holding back trying to prepare all the materials at once. This has taken a lot of research into both Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and what has worked for students with a variety of abilities. We are hoping to publish this summer, but will push back the date to get the material right. This will be a major release and represents three years of preparation and work for ParaEducate. We are excited to continue to be able to provide materials.
So the summary: we hope to see you all at Cal-TASH, we’ve been around for six years, we have plans for 2018, and we are very glad to have you here. Thank you for your continued support.
Do you have any comments about this week’s blog? Do you have a question for us? Would you like to be a guest blogger? Would you like to have an opportunity to pilot some materials at your campus? Find ParaEducate online here, here, here, here, and on our website. Paraeducate is a company interested in providing materials, information, and strategies for people working in special education inclusion settings for grades K-12. ParaEducate, the blog, is published weekly during the academic school year on Thursdays, unless a holiday. ParaEducate shares their findings at conferences, through their books, and their academic adaptations.