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Ohio Partnership for Excellence in Paraprofessional Preparation
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Why OPEPP?

 

Paraprofessionals and their Students are Worth it!

 

Districts can begin to design effective, efficient, and inclusive student instruction

by supporting paraprofessional expertise, input, and professional growth. 

Learn How

 

 

CEC Competencies for Paraeducators and their Professional Development

 

 

To ensure that paraprofessionals have the required skills for their

expanded roles, in collaboration with the National Resource Center for Paraeducators,

the Council for Exceptional Children validated the specialty set of competencies for paraprofessionals

who serve individuals with exceptionalities. These competencies for paraprofessional preparation

underscore the significance of paraprofessionals’ contributions to the delivery of effective instruction to all learners.   

                

OPEPP has designed our professional development offerings to reflect  the 2022 CEC Paraeducator Competencies

Current Offerings

SUMMER 2024

  • Summer Book Club with Dr. Emily Sobeck

FALL WORKSHOPS 2024

  • Helping with Instruction- August/September with Dr. Renee Mattson
  • Paras as Interveners – October with Libby Westerman and Jodi Dowell
  • Trauma Informed Practices – October/November with Dr. Renee Mattson and Dr. Tamarine Foreman

SPRING WORKSHOPS 2025

  • What do you Sense? with Elena Krikorian
  • Supporting Paraeducators through Mentoring with Kathleen Scott
  • Behavior Management with Dr. Renee Mattson

Professional Development Topics

MODULES:

  • Helping with Instruction
  • Helping with Reading
  • Helping with Math
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Fading Supports

RESEARCH BRIEFS:

  • Peer Supports
  • Communication
  • Data-Based Decision Making
  • Behavior Intervention Implementation
  • Fading Supports

WORKSHOPS:

  • Paras as Interveners
  • Trauma Informed Practices
  • What do you Sense?
  • Supporting Paras through Mentoring
  • Behavior Management

Future PD Topics

  • Anxiety
  • Cultural Competency
  • Technology
  • MTSS
  • Creative Scheduling
  • Data-Based Decision Making (Module)
  • AAC and Communication
  • Autism
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