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California Paraeducator Conference

April 12-14, 2016
Ontario Convention Center

We’re Heading South, and you’re invited to join us! The 19th Annual CSEA Paraeducator Conference will be held April 12-14, 2016 at the Ontario Convention Center. Ask your district to reserve funds to send you to the conference, now!


Registration Fee
$109 per person (includes all class instruction, materials and two continental breakfasts). The pre-registration deadline is April 1, 2016. If you miss this deadline you must register on-site and is subject to space availability.

Registration Form
Complete the registration form and submit with payment by credit card, check/money order or district purchase order (copy of PO must be included to process registration). 

Download Registration Form

Registration Confirmation
Confirmation letters will be mailed directly to each participant’s home mailing address. Please be sure to provide your current address when completing the registration form. 

Reimbursement Subsidy 
Let CSEA help defer the cost of attending the conference. CSEA offers up to $250 subsidies to financially assist members with opportunities that connect them to the union, the community, and/or to students. For more information and to download an application, click here. Applications will be accepted beginning January 13th and must be postmarked no later than February 27th. Applications are reviewed as they are submitted on a first come, first serve basis. 

Full refund requests must be received by email to lsnow@csea.com by Friday, April 8. Registrations will not be reimbursed after this date. If you’re unable to attend, we can transfer your registration to a colleague.


General Title I Funds – to support ongoing training and professional development to assist teachers and paraprofessionals (Section 1114(b)(1)(D) & Section 1115(c)(I)(F) of Title I).

Title I – Schools and districts identified as needing improvement must also reserve funds for professional development and these funds may be used for training paraprofessionals (Section 116(c)(7)(A)(iii)).

Title II, Part A–Improving Teacher Quality State Grants funds may be used to provide professional development that “improves the knowledge of teachers and principals, and in appropriate cases, paraprofessionals concerning core academic subjects and effective instructional practices to improve student academic achievement” (Section 2123(a)(3) (A) & (B)).

Title III, Part A–The English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act, authorized local education agencies to use formula grant funds for professional development 
of teachers and other instructional personnel providing instruction to students needing English language acquisition and language enhancement (Section 3115(c)(2)).

Senate Bill (SB) 590 – Relates to professional development for classified employees effective January 1, 2014. This law requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to consider the training needs of classified school employees whenever funds are expended for the professional development of any school site staff. 

The 2015-16 Budget Act provides $3.2 billion in one time funding to reimburse local education agencies for state mandated costs.  This discretionary funding can be used to fund professional development and investments such as Common Core implementation.


Hotel Reservations
Rooms have been blocked at special discounted rates on a space available basis at the following hotels. The following rates do not include taxes. Please make your rooming arrangements directly with the hotel.
  • Ayres Hotel & Suites
    $119 (single or double occupancy)
    CALL 800-248-4661 “Para Ed Conference”

  • DoubleTree 
    $119 (single or double occupancy)

  • Holiday Inn
    $95 (single) and $105 (double occupancy)

  • Radisson
    $95 (single or double occupancy)
    CALL 800-333-3333 “California School Employees Assn”

All hotels offer complimentary parking, airport shuttle service and guestroom internet.

March 21, 2016 is the cut-off date for hotel reservations at the reduced negotiated rates. Please make your reservation early as the block may sell out before the cut-off date. After March 21, rooms are at “space and rate as available” basis.

Hotel Deposit
A credit card guarantee is required for all reservations, along with a first night’s deposit. Checks and major credit cards are acceptable to establish prepayment. 

For more information, contact Leslie Snow at lsnow@csea.com 

Conference Schedule*
Tuesday, April 12
General Session  
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

1st Session of Workshops 
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13
2nd Session of Workshops
8:30 - 11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

3rd Session of Workshops 
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

4th Session of Workshops
5:00 - 6:30 p.m
Thursday, April 14
5th Session of Workshops
8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Closing Session/Keynote
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

*Schedule is subject to change.

Scheduled classes to include:*

Autism and Asberger’s, A-Z: Assessment to Zany Conversations 

Child Abuse Reporting Law NEW

Cognitive Behavior Intervention 

COOL Zone for Students with ADHD

Dealing w/Difficult Behaviors,
Could it be Communication? 
Do This, Not That! 

Enhancing Literacy Through UDL, Assistive Tech Supports NEW

Exercise, Antecedent Based Interventions NEW

How to be a PARA-Pro

Interventions For Students with Autism and Anxiety

Keeping the Day Sane:
Mental Health 101 for Paraeducators

*And many more still in the planning stages!