Paraeducators in Physical Education
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Through Paraeducators in Physical Education: A Training Guide to Roles and Responsibilities, you can help paraeducators
- support students with disabilities in physical education;
- understand their roles and responsibilities in physical education; and
- discover strategies for communication, collaboration, behavior management, and instruction.
Paraeducators work in virtually every school—but until now, no systematic training program has existed to teach them how to work effectively with children in physical education settings.
Paraeducators in Physical Education: A Training Guide to Roles and Responsibilities is a comprehensive yet easy-to-use training package for teachers, administrators, and paraeducators. This book and CD-ROM package puts everything you need at your fingertips for effective training from prekindergarten through high school settings for both general and adapted physical education.
Through this package, paraeducators will improve their knowledge, expertise, and experience in physical education. Written by more than a dozen experts in the field of adapted physical education, Paraeducators in Physical Education provides
- information, tips, and strategies based on decades of experience, all tested in school settings;
- ready-to-go tools to help you record training sessions and pre- and post-assessments of trainees’ knowledge and performance, thus helping in risk management and reduction; and
- best practices to foster a safe environment for all children to enjoy physical activity and learn new skills.
Paraeducators in Physical Education presents thorough and practical information across a wide spectrum of issues, including the roles and responsibilities of paraeducators, providing for physical and emotional safety, dealing with difficult behavior, instructional strategies, assessment, and individualized education program (IEP) development. The CD-ROM includes seven PowerPoint presentations to guide training sessions along with easy-to-print handouts in the book to reinforce and extend paraeducators’ learning. This package is useful for in-service days, staff meetings, and independent study programs in school settings. It’s also applicable in college settings, where the material can be used in teaching paraeducators and training the trainers of preservice and in-service teachers.
With Paraeducators in Physical Education, practitioners will be empowered to be actively involved in physical education through effective training in an economical but complete package that promotes healthy and active lifestyles for the children they work with.
Text for PETE and APE instructors and for course adoptions. Reference for preK-12 physical education and adapted physical education paraeducators, teachers, and administrators.
Table of ContentsHow to Use the CD-ROM
Chapter 1. What Is Physical Education?
Rebecca Lytle and Jayne Glidewell
Chapter 2. The Paraeducator’s Roles and Responsibilities in Physical Education
Ron Davis, Amy Oliver, and Cindy Piletic
Chapter 3. Paraeducator–Teacher Relationships: Creating Positive Environments
Scott Modell, Doug Collier, and Ileah Jackson
Chapter 4. Positive Methods for Dealing With Difficult Behavior
Chapter 5. Instruction Strategies
Sherry L. Folsom-Meek and Rocco Aiello
Chapter 6. Assessment
Lauren Lieberman and Carin Mulawka
Chapter 7. Individual Education Programs
Appendix A Paraeducator Responsibilities
Appendix B NICHCY Disability Fact Sheets
Appendix C Special Education Acronyms
Appendix D Physical Education Terminology
Appendix E First Aid Information
Appendix F Adapted Aquatics Information for Paraeducators
Appendix G Lifting and Transferring Students
Appendix H University Programs Offering Adapted Physical Education Certification
Appendix I Ideas for Increasing Physical Activity
Appendix J Confidentiality
Appendix K 99 Ways to Say “Very Good”
References and Resources
About the Editor
Lauren J. Lieberman earned her PhD at Oregon State University in human performance, with an emphasis in movement studies in disabilities and a minor in special education. She received her MS from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse in special physical education. She earned her BS from West Chester University, in Pennsylvania, in health and physical education with a concentration in adapted physical education. Prior to graduate school she taught in the deafblind program at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, for 5 years. There she worked with many paraeducators and learned the true value of having them on her team.
Lauren is currently a full professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport in adapted physical education, and she is the undergraduate coordinator of adapted physical education. She has been teaching at SUNY Brockport since 1995. Lauren teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in adapted physical education and supervises practicum experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Each summer, she runs Camp Abilities, a developmental sports camp for children with visual impairments. Her areas of research are inclusion strategies and physical activity for youth with sensory impairments. She has written four books: Games for People With Sensory Impairments (cowritten with Jim Cowart); Strategies for Inclusion (cowritten with Dr. Cathy Houston-Wilson), and Case Studies in Adapted Physical Education (with three coauthors). She is coauthor of the book Going Places: A Transition Guide to Physical Activity for Youth With Visual Impairments or Deafblindness, which was published in 2006 through the American Printing House for the Blind. Lauren is currently chair for the Adapted Physical Activity Council, which is the national Adapted Physical Education organization through the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.