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The COMPASS: Helping Paraeducators Navigate the Profession



CREC Resource Group


$50/yr per paraeducator


Paraeducators are critical to providing the best, supportive educational environment for students. The COMPASS is a nationally recognized, comprehensive, job-embedded professional development curriculum aligned with national paraeducator standards.


  • Full access to all modules for a year
  • Membership in an online learning community of paraeducators
  • Free ongoing support
  • Half-day blended learning facilitator training available for an additional fee

Module Topics

Roles & Responsibilities
Understand the roles and responsibilities of the paraeducator/associate instructor, teacher, and administrator as partners. Learn strategies to work effectively as a member of an instructional team.

Explore what it means to effectively collaborate and communicate with adults and students, including how to build relationships and solve problems.

Managing Behaviors
Learn strategies to proactively manage and support students in a variety of learning situations. Emphasis is on building proactive environmental and instructional supports.

Ethics and Legal Issues
Examine current information on special education laws and school-based practices. Review Individualized Education Plan (IEP) components and procedures.

Instructional Strategies
Learn research-based planning and instructional strategies to help students achieve. Focus is on helping the paraeducator/associate instructor become an effective, contributing member of the instructional team.

Creating Independent Learners
Improve Student independence by learning how to assess a student’s abilities, analyze tasks, and fade instruction to promote student independence.

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