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The COMPASS: Helping Paraeducators Navigate the Profession



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Basic Modules

Aligned with Levels 1 and 2 of the National Paraeducator and Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards, five basic modules provide 18 hours of paraeducator training. Each module is three hours, with the exception of the six-hour instructional strategies module. Modules can be provided in any order; however, we recommend the Roles & Responsibilities module be offered first.

Roles & Responsibilities
Understand the roles and responsibilities of the paraeducator, teacher, and administrator as partners in an educational team. Strategies to work effectively as a member of an instructional team are provided.

Explore various aspects of collaboration and communication with adults and students, including relationship building and effective problem solving.

Managing Behaviors
Learn strategies for managing and supporting students in small and large groups and in one- to-one learning situations. Emphasis is on proactive environmental and instructional supports.

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

Instructional Strategies
Practice research-based strategies to help students achieve. Collaboration and communication skills in lesson preparation and implementation will enable the paraeducator to be an effective, contributing member of the instructional team.

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