CREC Resource Group
“The COMPASS program has helped the district with developing a consistent level of skills among paraeducators to support a wide range of students, as well as allowed us to target more advanced skill sets to support students with greater need. Additionally, our paraeducators have been excited to participate in the training and report being able to apply strategies to their daily responsibilities. Finally, our paraeducators also have felt more appreciated and connected to our professional community.”
- Joshua T. Martin, Director of Pupil Services
East Haddam CT Public Schools
Facilitation and Presentation Certification
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.
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.
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.