Genesee Hosts Informational Meeting About "No Child Left Behind" Certification Requirements for Paraprofessionals

Genesee Community College, in partnership with New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Genesee Region and Tri-County Teacher Centers, is pleased to announce an important informational meeting for current and prospective paraprofessionals, as well as school officials. The meeting will help all interested parties understand the latest guidelines, requirements, and testing procedures for teacher aides and assistants working as paraprofessionals as mandated by New York State Education Department and President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) initiative. The public is invited to attend the meeting, entitled "Teaching: Reality and Vision / The NCLB Certification Requirements for Paraprofessionals," which is scheduled Monday, December 1, 2003, from 4:30 - 7:00 PM in Room T 102 of Genesee's new Conable Technology Building.

As the new state and NCLB requirements have evolved, the teaching profession and particularly the certification needs of paraprofessionals have become increasingly complex. In addition to presenting a review of the most updated guidelines, the meeting will also discuss the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (NYSTAS) test which will be required for all candidates who apply for a State Teaching Assistant certificate.

"The NCLB initiative is having a significant effect on the teaching profession and there are many new requirements that all current and prospective paraprofessionals need to know," said Christine Belongia, Coordinator of the Teacher Education and Teaching Assistant programs at Genesee. "Representatives from the teaching centers and NYSUT will be available and many of our own faculty, staff, and current students enrolled in the College's Teaching Assistant Program will also be attending. In light of all of the many changes regarding the certification of paraprofessionals, getting the facts out about ?No Child Left Behind' as it pertains to the paraprofessionals who assist our teachers in the classroom is critical. This event is designed to be a valuable public service to our community."

The meeting is especially targeted to both those currently employed as paraprofessionals as well as anyone interested in pursuing a career in education. Providing the facts about the latest state and federal regulations and helping schools prepare for the new mandates is the goal of "Teaching: Reality and Vision / The NCLB Certification Requirements for Paraprofessionals."

For more information and to pre-register, please contact Christine Belongia at 585-343-0055 ext. 6278, or email cbelongia@genesee.edu.

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