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Barbara Braaten is a BICA-certified trainer for the following topics:
Ms. Braaten also provides customized training including, but not limited to, the following subject areas:
Certification in Elementary Administration - University of Minnesota
Certification in Secondary Administration - University of Minnesota
M.S. Special Education - Minnesota State University, Mankato
Learning Disabilities and
BA English and Speech Education - Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
BICA Faculty contracted work with the following organizations and groups:
Minnesota Department of Education - No Child Left Behind/School Improvement: Worked with three urban and one suburban school to analyze data and develop school improvement plans to address adequate yearly progress and provided professional development to teachers in those schools
Minnesota Department of Education - No Child Left Behind/School Improvement: co-planned and provided professional training to all state approved external providers to address the requirements of NCLB and adequate yearly progress
Prior Lake Public Schools : Provided mediation and negotiation services to the school district and the special education cooperative to assist with the process of making decisions related to the delivery of special education services for low incident disabilities
Minneapolis Public Schools : Served as the director of Elementary Literacy for 43 schools/programs. Lead the development of a Literacy Framework to establish the philosophy, model and delivery of the K-5 curriculum for reading, writing, speaking and listening. Hired, supervised and provided weekly professional develop to 31 literacy coaches. Coordinated the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program, coordinated the Mayor’s volunteer event, “I Know I Can” and served as the district liaison for Reading Corps
Indiana Department of Education : Developed and implemented the curriculum for Teacher Mentors Project
Principal : Minneapolis Public Schools
Additional administrative positions
Speech - Grades 6-12
Language Arts - Grades 6-12
Specific Learning Disabilities - Grades K-12
Emotional/Behavioral Disorders - Grades K-12
Elementary Principal - Grades K-6
Secondary Principal - Grades 6-12
Q: What is your philosophy of working with people?
A: My philosophy of working with people of all ages is based on the work of Cruikshank and Vernon Jones. I work to give all people significance, competence and power. Each person needs to know that someone cares that they exist; that someone recognizes their abilities; that each person needs to have choices and authority to make decisions.
Q: What type of experience have you had in education?
A: My experiences include working in high schools, middle schools, adult education and suburban schools, but my heart goes to being the principal of an urban elementary school. I feel fortunate to have been able to work with fine educators who are teaching students academic and social skills that will lead them to succeed in their lives. I have dedicated my professional life to my students. I have been especially concerned with students who have special needs and English Language Learners.
Q: What accomplishment makes you proud?
A: I am most proud of having developed a collaborative model of serving students. I see myself as a risk taker and a person who will work until the task is done, the race is won and the problem is resolved. Being a principal has given me the opportunity to guide and teach students, teachers and families about the gifts a person receives by being educated. Each day you are in school and each new thing you learn can never be taken from you. It is true no matter your language, your special needs or your economic status.
Personal Perspectives on Emotional Disturbance/Behavioral Disorders: article in book edited by Benjamin L. Brooks and David A. Sabatino, Pro-ed (1994).
"The Regular Education Initiative: Patent Medicine for Behavioral Disorders," Exceptional Children Journal, 1988. (co-authored)
"Reform: For Everyone?" Special Focus Section, Teaching Exceptional Children, 1988. (co-authored)
"Responding to Death and Grief in a School," Pointer, Heldref Publication, 1988. (co-authored)
"Trained in the Chadwick Collaborative model, Barbara used Chadwick's theory and practice for effective group task and consensus. She was careful to explain to our group her methods, which were unfamiliar to us, and she guided us proficiently through a process toward the final goal. She persevered, she communicated, and she met with me on off-times to ensure that we didn't miss a step along the way. I highly recommend Barb for leadership and consultation in a variety of venues. As a former principal and teacher, she is well-rounded in all areas of education and best practice. Barbara has my highest regard. She is thoughtful, pleasant, and competent and I am a better educator from what I learned from her."
- Student Services Coordinator (Prior Lake, MN)
The following links will connect you with Barbara Braaten's resources. These links to third party sites will allow you to leave the www.behavioralinstitute.org Web site. The Institute is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained within those sites. We are providing these links as a convenience and the inclusion does not imply endorsement of the site by the Institute. Thank you!
You will also find some of Ms. Braaten's links in our Free Downloads section of the web site.
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