Academics

Peggy Yates

Dr. Peggy A. Yates is an Assistant Professor and serves as the Director of Special Education Teacher Preparation. With twenty-five years of PK-12 teaching experience, she utilizes her experiences and extensive academic training to engage teachers and paraeducators in learning. Her publications, presentations, and current research include improving how paraeducators are trained for the field. She recently curated and instructed the Council for Exceptional Children online course, High Leverage Practices for Paraeducators. Peggy serves the field as a CAEP site evaluator in the teacher education accreditation process, as a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee to the Michigan State Board of Education, and 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 Behavioral 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. (Jan. 2023). Working with Students with Diverse Learning Needs: What Every Paraeducator Must Know. 24th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability, and Developmental Disabilities-Council for Exceptional Children; Clearwater, FL.

Yates, P. (Feb. 2023). What A Paraeducator Must Know to Support Students with LD. Learning Disabilities Association Annual International Conference 2023; Las Vegas, NV.

Yates, P. (March 2023). What Every Paraeducator Must Know-Tips and Tools for Training Programs. Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference 2023. Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Yates, P. (March 2023). Top Ten Tips for Paraeducator Supervision. Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference 2023. Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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Recent Presentations:

Yates, P.& Chopra, R. (2022). Utilizing the CEC’s HLPs for Paraeducator Series in Teacher Preparation and PD. Council for Exceptional Children-Teacher Education Division Conference; Richmond, Virginia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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