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The COMPASS: Helping Paraeducators Navigate the Profession



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Advanced Modules

Aligned with Levels 3 and 4 of the National Paraeducator and CEC Standards, we recommend participants have a rudimentary understanding of the basic modules before taking the advanced modules. Modules vary from three to ten hours of instruction and can be taken in any order.

Curriculum & Instruction

Advanced Instructional Strategies
Practice research-based strategies to provide accommodations and modifications to help students achieve independent reading, writing, and studying skills. Learn and apply critical instructional behaviors during all stages of a lesson.

Connecting Instruction to Common Core State Standards
Learn the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how paraeducators can improve students' language arts and math skills by attending to the standards.

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

Scientific Research Based Intervention (SRBI) and the Role of the Paraeducator
Explore the theory behind SRBI and how paraeducators can support instruction in each of the three SRBI tiers.

Supporting Literacy Instruction
Explore commonly used techniques and strategies that support reading development in students.

Supporting Secondary Literacy Instruction
Learn the characteristics of students with reading problems and the strategies to help promote student learning at the secondary level. Identify ways to extend student learning and techniques to help promote comprehension.

Supporting Math Instruction
Support students by understanding how they learn math. Explore specific math pedagogy, fact fluency, and problem-solving strategies.

School and Community Climate

Advanced Instructional Strategies
Learn and practice behavior strategies for managing challenging student behavior. Utilize a collaborative approach and “Response to Intervention” (RTI) model to prevent the development of new behavior problems and to prevent existing problems from worsening.

School Climate: Creating Environments that are Safe for All
Acquire the skills to deal with bullying behaviors and learn how a paraeducator can support positive school climate.

Health and Wellness for the Effective Paraeducator
Create a wellness “toolbox” by exploring the physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental aspects of learning. Take action and become a model for students by creating your own personal wellness plan.

Other Modules

Assistive Technology to Support Student Learning
Gain an understanding of assistive technology and the various tools used to promote student independence and learning in the school setting. Use the continuum of low- to high-tech assistive technology and its applications to improve student performance.

Effective Paraeducator Supervision
Learn how to effectively supervise, support, and direct the paraeducator in the classroom, and gain strategies for managing difficult situations.

Exceptional Learners
Gain knowledge about the various types of disabilities and the many common special education terms and acronyms. Learn behavioral and instructional supports and skills for working with students with disabilities.

Job Coaching
Understand the roles, responsibilities, and skills required of the paraeducator who is working with students in a vocational setting. Apply data collection techniques to improve student success at the worksite.

Teaching English Language Learners
Develop skills to support English language learners. Learn and practice skills to teach social and academic language through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Teaching Students with Autism
Learn and apply strategies that enhance social, behavioral, and communications skills in students with autism. Social stories and other techniques are provided.

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