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January 12, 2004 USOE Minutes

Peggy Fratto, Elizabeth Jensen, Ginny Wimmer, Marilyn Likins, Jan Pace, Richard Hyland, Bill Laney, Dale Smith, Pat Ault, Sharon Grey, Diana Fillmore, Bruce Schroeder, Margo Thurman, Ann Miller, Linda Alsop, Deanna Avis, Cynthia Burchett, Gayle Johnson

Welcome-Elizabeth Jensen

Paraprofessional Rule Update-Marilyn Likins

  • Gave quick overview of recent history regarding Rule R277-254
  • Group felt rule should include as a definition the term “rigorous assessment” to include what the State Board of Education has already approved
  • Options should be in writing

Paragraph Update-Marilyn Likins

  • Conference Edition is ready for the printer
  • Working on funding for the final edition

Para education Program Advisory Committee-Bill Laney

Discussed ways of increasing enrollment for the Paraeducator program at SLCC:

  • Address expense. At one time, grants were available to paraeducators and districts would help with books.
  • Recruit high school students who may be interested in education as a possible career
  • Many districts do not financially reward paraeducators who participate in extra training such as that offered by SLCC,
  • Meet with districts and educate them on the benefits of training paraeducators and the ways districts can support paraeducators via financial aid, etc
  • “Sell the Program” – make a lot of personal contacts, visit with potential students
  • Increase communication. Many districts are willing to disseminate information on upcoming courses. Several people gave Bill their information to help with dissemination.
  • Make credits applicable to associate degree
  • Add Reading, Writing, Math components to comply with NCLB
  • Offer strands relating to specialties such as
  • Deaf/blind
  • Autism
  • Etc.

Portfolio Training Updates-Gail Johnson

Next session is Jan. 14th at the USOE Bldg from 10:00 – 12:00 Information on training has been sent to all district superintendents.

Future Meeting Dates

  • February 24, 2004; 10:00-12:00 at Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus *** this time may change to 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • March 18, 2004; 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Jones Center