Oct 08 2020

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Professional Learning Webinar Series for Paraeducators: Building a Community of Support

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An effective inclusion program requires all staff to be highly trained in supporting students’ individualized needs. Paraeducators play a critical role in providing access to instruction and resulting post-secondary outcomes. This year-long series will focus on roles/responsibility, behavior support and universal design for learning. Paraeducators, Teachers and Administrators register now! Webinars will be recorded.  


·         October 8th  1:00- 2:00- Roles and Responsibilities and maximizing Paraeducator Support Presented by  Erin Studer, Ed.D., Executive Director of Charter School Programs Chime Institute.


·         November 12th 1:00- 2:00- Leveraging Inclusive Practices: Accommodations and Modifications are the Foundation for Inclusion presented by Erin Studer, Ed.D., Executive Director of Charter School Programs Chime Institute.


·         December 10th 1:00-2:00- Paraeducate Self- Advocacy presented by Renay Marquez; Co-Founder ParaEducate


·         January 14th 1:00- 2:00- Behavior Supports presented by Edward Miguel, Ed. D. BCBA and Melaura -Tomaino, Ph.D. BCBA-D


·         February 11th 1:00-2:00-Data Collection presented by Edward Miguel, Ed. D. BCBA and Melaura -Tomaino, Ph.D. BCBA-D


·         March 11th  1:00-2:00- Social- Emotional Supports presented by  Edward Miguel, Ed. D. BCBA and Melaura -Tomaino, Ph.D. BCBA-D


·         April 8th 1:00-2:00- Universal Design for Learning for Paraeducators presented by Katie Novak, Ed.D., Novak Educational Consulting Founder & Executive Director


·         May- 13th 1:00- 2:00- Universal Design for Learning for Paraeducators presented by Katie Novak, Ed.D., Novak Educational Consulting Founder & Executive Director




  • Edward Miguel
    Edward Miguel
    Co-Founder and Principal, MA, Ed. D., BCBA

    Edward Miguel, Ed. D., is the Co-Founder and President of Port View Preparatory® School. He was the Chief Operating Officer and Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Beacon Day School in Orange County, where he was responsible for all internal operations. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director of the Olive Crest Academy, Therapeutic Education Centers, a private school for secondary students. His responsibilities included the evaluation and implementation of a positive behavior intervention program. Dr. Miguel has spent his entire career serving individuals with special needs. He has worked in a variety of settings including domestic violence shelters, residential treatment centers, group homes, and non-public schools. He has extensive experience in special education administration, organizational development, special education instruction, and applied behavior analysis. Dr. Miguel brings his leadership skills to Port View Preparatory® in an effort to participate in the mission of discovering and providing a quality educational program that fits each individual student’s strengths, needs, interest, and lifestyle.  

  • Erin Studer
    Erin Studer
    Executive Director of Charter School Programs for the CHIME Institute

    Mr. Erin Studer is the Executive Director of Charter School Programs for the CHIME Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in religion with a minor in English from the University of Iowa, a master’s in special education from National University, and he was among the first cohort to graduate in 2011 from California State University, Northridge doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Mr. Studer began his educational career in 1998 with Summit View School, which offers comprehensive elementary, middle, and high school programs for students with learning differences. A few years later, he was asked to help open Summit View’s west campus in Los Angeles. Mr. Studer started his administrative career as an athletic director. He has also been a high school dean, a curriculum coordinator, and a principal. He has worked with students K-12 and at the college level and has provided training for hundreds of teachers in the areas of neurodevelopment and cooperative learning strategies. He has also consulted with several local schools and districts on the design and implementation of professional development programs.

  • Katie Novak
    Katie Novak
    Founder and Executive Director Novak Education

    Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant as well as a practicing leader in education at the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts. With 18 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and seven published books, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership. Novak’s work has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success.

    Dr. Novak is the author of the best-selling book, UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms. Her book, Innovate Inside the Box, with George Couros, explores how to create innovative and purposeful learning opportunities for students within the constraints of educational systems. Let Them Thrive was endorsed by the PACER Foundation. Two additional publications, of which she is a co-author, have been endorsed by leading professors in the field of education and state departments of education. UDL in the Cloud was endorsed by the Executive Director of The Initiative on Learning and Teaching at MIT while Mitchell Chester, the late Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), endorsed Universally Designed Leadership.

    Novak’s work has been highlighted in many publications including Language Magazine, NAESP Principal, ADDitude Magazine, Commonwealth Magazine, The Inclusion Lab, Think Inclusive, School news, the Huffington Post, Principal Leadership, District Administrator, ASCD Education Update, and School Administrator.

  • Melaura Erickson-Tomaino
    Melaura Erickson-Tomaino
    Co-Founder and Principal, Ph.D., BCBA-D

    Melaura Erickson-Tomaino, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder and Principal of Port View Preparatory® School. Her prior positions include Director of Clinical Services for Beacon Day School in La Palma, CA, and Behavior Program Supervisor for the Center for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Service in San Diego, CA. Dr. Tomaino has more than 13 years of experience in serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Tomaino has conducted extensive research in ASD with a focus on using communication as the basis for successful teaching and behavior strategies to eliminate the use of restraint in children with autism. Dr. Tomaino has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Counseling/Psychology at Azusa Pacific University, and has taught numerous graduate courses at Claremont University. She has published multiple articles.

  • Renay Marquez
    Renay Marquez
    Cofounder of ParaEducate