Academics

Peggy Yates

Peggy A. Yates, Ed.D, is an Assistant Professor at Alma College and serves as the Director of Special Education Teacher Preparation. With twenty-five years of PK-12 teaching experience as a special and general education teacher, and three years as a special education administrator, she utilizes her experiences and extensive academic training to engage teachers in learning. Her publications and current research, including international and national presentations, encompass understanding how to utilize classroom support staff to optimize services for students with special needs. She works in conjunction with The Paraprofessional Research and Resource (PAR2A) Center- University of Colorado Denver and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) to provide professional development on training paraeducators to utilize High Leverage Practices in the classroom. Dr. Yates is actively involved in the Paraeducator Special Interest Group-Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children and serves as the Advocacy and Communications Chair. Nationally, she serves the field as a site evaluator in the teacher education accreditation process and locally, she serves as the treasurer for the Alma Public Schools Board of Education.

Title

Program Director of Special Education Teacher Preparation, Assistant Professor

Discipline

Special Education

Educational Background

Dr. Yates’ credentials represent a compilation of a drive for improving special education and include: Doctor of Education (University of Michigan-Flint), Director of Special Education (Full Approval from the Michigan Department of Education), Masters in Special Education-Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disorders (Saginaw Valley State University) and a Masters in Middle Level Education (Central Michigan University). She holds a Michigan Department of Education Administrator Certificate with Central Office endorsement and is a certified special education and general education teacher in the State of Michigan.

My career at Alma began in

2013-2014

Signature course(s):

EDC 151/152, EDC 255, EDC 250/205, EDC 350, EDC 450/405, EDC 180 Teacher Leader

Recent presentations:

Upcoming presentations:

Yates, P. & Chopra, R. (2021). Paraeducator to Teacher Pathways: Navigating the Challenges. Council for Exceptional Children-Teacher Education Division Conference; Fort Worth, Texas.

Yates, P. & Chopra, R. (2021). Tools for Teachers: Working with Paraeducators. Council for Exceptional Children-Teacher Education Division Conference; Fort Worth, Texas.

Yates, P. & Chopra, R. (2022). Paraeducators’ Journey to Teacher Licensure: Critical Supports and Challenges. Council for Exceptional Children Conference; Orlando, Florida.

Yates, P. & Chopra, R. (2022). Tools for Teachers: Delegating Instructional Tasks to Paraeducators. Council for Exceptional Children Conference; Orlando, Florida.

Past presentations:

Yates PA. (2021). Teacher-Guided Professional Development for the Paraeducator. Council for Exceptional Children Conference; CEC-Live 2021. United States.

Yates P., Chopra, R., Morano, S., Sobeck, E., (2021). Paraeducator to Teacher Pathways: Creative Solutions to Alleviate Teacher Shortages, Council for Exceptional Children Conference; CEC-Live 2021. United States.

Yates PA. (2020). Incorporating Paraeducators in the Inclusionary Setting, Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity; Honolulu, HI.

Yates, PA. (2020). Ongoing Professional Development for the Paraeducator: Lessons from the Field. Learning Disabilities Association’s (LDA) 57th Annual International Conference; Orlando, Florida, United States.

Yates PA. (2020). Mentoring the Paraeducator to Maximize Educational Benefit. Council for Exceptional Children Conference; Portland, Oregon, United States.

Yates PA. (2019). Training Special Education Preservice Teachers to Effectively Coach and Mentor Classroom Paraeducators. Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division Conference; New Orleans, LA, United States.

Chopra, R., Yates, P., Morano, S., Sobeck, E., Douglas, S., (2019). Embedding Research-based Content on Paraeducator Supervision in Teacher Education. Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division Conference; New Orleans, LA, United States. 

Yates PA. (2019). Fostering Ongoing Professional Growth for Paraeducators: Recommendations from the FieldPacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity; Honolulu, HI.

Yates PA (2019). Integrating Social Emotional Learning, Transitions Skills, and an Element of Service, Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and DiversityHonolulu, HI.

Yates PA. (2019). Effectively Incorporating Classroom Paraeducators to Optimize Individualized Instruction. Council for Exceptional Children; Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.

Dr. Peggy Yates proudly represented Alma College at the National Council for Exceptional Children 2019 Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Her session, Effectively Incorporating Classroom Paraeducators to Optimize Individualized Instruction was a featured session in the journal Special Education Connection and had 200+ special educators in attendance.

Yates PA. (2018). Preparing for a Culture of Data: Technology to Infuse Data and Assessment Experiences into Special Education Teacher Preparation. Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division; Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Yates PA. (2017). Preparing Preservice Special Education Teachers to Effectively Utilize Classroom Paraprofessionals: Perspectives from the Field. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC, Teacher Education Division); Savanah, Georgia, United States.

Yates PA. & Store J. (2017). Technology, Math Assessment, and Monitoring Student Progress: Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration. Michigan-CEC Conference; Lansing, MI.

Yates PA. (2016). Gaps in Special Education Teacher Perception: Implications for Preparing Teachers for Rural Special Education. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC, Teacher Education Division); Lexington, Kentucky, United States.

Yates PA. (2015). Expanding Partnerships with Local Schools: A Framework for Teacher Preparation. Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) National Conference; Columbus, OH, United States.