We have recovered from the constant packing and unpacking involved with travel. The office of ParaEducate almost looks ready to go as we’re considering materials for publication this summer. We’ve been corresponding with a variety of folks online and offline and preparing for that ‘next’ thing we have on our list. Except tonight, it’s a little different. Tonight, we sit on the anniversary of ParaEducate.
Absolutely, our favorite moment in the last seven years was announcing that ParaEducate was available for publication. While that day is further away from where we stand today, we also know we are reminded all the time about why we stay and connect with hundreds of educational professionals. Thank you for your support.
For seven years, we’ve gone out and connected with a variety of professionals and we’ve shared our knowledge. This is what we enjoy doing. We’ve gotten better and there is always room to improve. Seven years should mean a major change, and we may have some that we do not anticipate, but we know that this journey of providing support to paraeducators, special education teachers, and students with disabilities will not be one path we will not be on.
Over our seven years on many campuses, ParaEducate has met many passionate inclusive educators, both general education and special education. We’ve met administrators who appreciate the complexities of not just holding students accountable for their behaviors but supporting staff when those behaviors are being guided into something more positive. We’ve also met administrators who are patient enough to understand safe behaviors needed by all students to be successful at school, that waiting things out sometimes garners results just as much as a stern talking to and a potential punishment. By no means does this mean that actions do not have consequences, instead consequences are presented and students are taught to grow from these consequences to be better than they were five minutes prior, five days prior, even five years prior.
We have made tremendous professional friends beyond our campuses. We would never have gotten very far without amazing individuals across the United States, Canada, and a few in Hong Kong all supporting one another.
We have worked with a variety of people with disabilities over the years. These people, students mostly, but some were never our student to begin with, have reminded us of the work necessary to get not just through school, but to better understand the complexities of learning that enrichment through education is not just purely an academic pursuit.
What we know on our horizon is yet another book awaits our attention this summer. We’ve changed publishers so this will definitely reflect in time it will take from approval to publication. We are looking to connect with more of our professional friends. We will continue to reach out through webinars and conferences. And this blog will remain.
Absolutely, our favorite moment in the last seven years was announcing that ParaEducate was available for publication. While that day is further away from where we stand today, we also know we are reminded all the time about why we stay and connect with hundreds of educational professionals. Thank you for your 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.