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Paraprofessional Academy Graduation

Congratulations to the Paraprofessionals who graduated from training at the Berks County Intermediate Unit on Tuesday, June 13! Twenty-nine participants attended the Paraprofessional Academy which offers six-days of comprehensive instruction throughout the school year in various subjects including behavior, reading, math, written expression, transition, Special Education law, disability categories, effective instruction, and communication. Its purpose is to equip paraprofessionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill the requirements for state credentialing, ensuring their qualification.

Stacey Breiner, M. Ed., Education Consultant in the BCIU Office of Professional Learning, opened the ceremony, noting that 2023 marks the 15th year of the program. She stated that paraprofessionals have a key impact on our students and are integral to student achievement. She thanked them for their patience, hard work, and commitment throughout the training and for their significant contributions in the classroom to help kids be successful.

She also thanked school representatives who attended the event to conduct brief interviews, assess the portfolios created by the paraprofessionals, distribute Certificates of Completion, and join the celebration.

Graduates included paraprofessionals from the following schools:

BCTC – 2
Conrad Weiser Area – 3 
Exeter Township – 3 
Hamburg Area – 4 
Kempton New Church – 2 
Kutztown Area – 6 
SOS Group (serving Antietam, Brandywine Hts. Area, and Oley Valley) – 4
Tulpehocken Area – 1 
Wilson – 1

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