SEARCH Day Program, Inc.

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Professional Development

                                           Professional Development for Certified Staff 


SEARCH Day Program
 utilizes a body of resources for professional development opportunities that are appropriate to ensuring the faculty has the capacity to effectively implement intensive educational services that meet the diverse needs of learners with autism. Beyond meeting the NJDOE's definition of highly qualified teachers and attending annual national and state-wide conferences, our professional faculty participates in in-services, workshops and trainings related to relevant topics such as:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • SEARCH Day Program Supported Inclusion Model
  • Assessment-based and curriculum-based IEP's
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Understanding student motivation and behavior
  • PECS Total Communication
  • Alternative Augmentative Communication

Many of these in-services, trainings and workshops have been specifically developed by SEARCH Day Program. We value and practice a continuous approach to professional development and school improvement that focuses on equipping the professional faculty with specialized knowledge and skills necessary for meeting the needs of learners on the autism spectrum.

                                          Professional Development for Classroom Aides

The purpose of SEARCH Day Program’s professional development standard for classroom aides is to fulfill our commitment to continuously increase the capability of our classroom aides to effectively contribute to the instruction of our students.  By implementing a long-term and continuous approach to professional development that is specifically tailored to addressing the educational needs of learners with autism, we believe our students’ educational needs will be best served.


Four core areas of SEARCH Day Program’s professional development standard for classroom aides include teaching core academic skills, understanding and applying educational and behavioral interventions,     non-violent crisis intervention training and first-aid training. A brief explanation of each core area is described below. 

 

1.     Successful completion of the ParaProAssessment - The Educational Testing Services (ETS) ParaPro assessment consists of 90 multiple-choice items, covering skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as the application of these skills in support of classroom instruction.

 

2.     Successful completion of the Minnesota Para-elink Autism Competency Assessment - The online curriculum offered by Minnesota Para-elink recognizes that there are specific knowledge and skills classroom aides need to be successful when supporting the education of individuals with ASD (autism spectrum disorder). 

 

3.     Successful completion of the six hour course in Basic Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training at SEARCH Day Program developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute - Non-violent Crisis Intervention is an internationally recognized crisis management program that has proven effective in assisting individuals with disruptive and aggressive tendecies. The goal of the program is to increase the safety and security of people who may be confronted with crisis situations.  

 

4.     Successful completion of First-Aid training course, a course intended to teach classroom aides and certified staff the knowledge and skills necessary to give care in an emergency, help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives. This course is taught by an authorized American Red Cross instructor and is arranged annually at SEARCH Day Program.

 


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