ParaEducator Classroom Practice
Whether you have been recently selected to serve in the very important role of "paraeducator" in a school setting, or have served in this role for some time, this experience will provide you with the knowledge and tools to work cooperatively and effectively alongside your fellow paraeducator and teacher colleagues. The blended delivery model offers you both synchronous support and asynchronous content delivered in 6 distinct modules over a period of 6 weeks.
What is a Paraeducator?
A paraeducator, sometimes called a classroom assistant, is an individual who provides instructional or related support to students under the direction and supervision of a certified teacher. The roles and responsibilities of paraeducators are plentiful and have reached new levels of importance.
Why take this course?
Every professional should participate in intentional growth and development, something especially valued in the education profession. As a co-teacher of students, some of whom are most in need of your support, employing effective teaching strategies and supports for both academic and social emotional learning continues to become more and more important.
What will be covered in this course?
This course is designed to support you in your practice as a qualified paraeducator. What you will find in this course is content about core dispositions of a successful paraeducator and effective teaching methodology in the following areas:
- The Heart of a Paraeducator
- Legal and Ethical Issues
- Co-teaching, Collaboration and Communication
- Behavior Modification and Supports
- Executive Functioning (organization, task completion)
- Data Collection
Completion of this course is equal to 15 hours of professional development and will earn you a badge of certification.
Moving Through the Course:
You have 6 weeks to complete the 6 Modules. This is an asynchronous course, meaning you may complete the tasks at any time of the day, and any day of the week, as long as you finish the module by Sunday of that week. There will be three synchronous meetings on Zoom with the course facilitator: a kick-off meeting, a mid-way check in, and a culminating course meeting.
Spring Offering: February 26th, 2024 - April 7th, 2024
- $295 per participant (paid by the district if your participation is required)
- Purchase Orders and credit cards accepted
- Credit card payment links are sent after registering
If you have any questions regarding registration please email Valeria.Diaz@sdcoe.net
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