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The Compass, an online, paraeducator professional learning system providing training and access to evidence-based practices in order to support the learning environment for the students they support. The Compass modules are aligned with national paraeducator standards and HB5321 legislation, and can be customized to your district’s needs.

Benefits & Features

  • Presentation of the modules can be asynchronous, synchronous or a combination to meet the needs of your district paraeduators.
  • Full access to all modules for a year.
  • Membership in an online learning community of paraeducators.
  • Support is available to districts and participants.
  • Half-day blended learning facilitator training available for an additional fee.

Pricing Options

Subscription option

  • $50 per paraeducator for a school year
  • The COMPASS Online Modules will provide paraeducators with professional development that builds their capacity in evidence based practices to increase and improve student achievement, collaboration and that are aligned with state student academic achievement standards (from HB5321).
  • Districts can register for hourly technical assistance (paraeducator orientation to the COMPASS and any troubleshooting requests).
  • Districts can also register for hourly technical assistance (same as above AND virtual sessions to build a deeper understanding for the content).


  • Districts can chose from the eight (8) modules to be presented in person for up to 3 hours.
  • CREC CRG has additional topics for paraeducators-please discuss district need.
  • Pricing to be determined (this will be based on RESC region and number of presenters).


  • $50 per paraeducator for a school year.
  • CREC CRG has additional topics for paraeducators-please discuss district need.
  • Pricing to be determined (this will be based on RESC region and number of presenters).

Available Modules

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. The 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.

The Paraeducators Role in the IEP/PPT Process

Knowledge will be gained on Meeting standards of professional and ethical conduct by practicing and maintaining appropriate confidentiality through the IEP/PPT process.

Knowledge and Skills for Teachers Supporting the Work of Paraeducators

Teams of teachers and paraeducators benefit from this module to gain an understanding of how to manage the paraeducator's time and effectiveness in supporting the learning environment.

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