Introduction to the Module
This module is designed for paraprofessional educators, like you, whose jobs inevitably involve communication—in fact, lots of communication. It explores ways that effective communication can improve your work with students (including those for whom English is a second language), parents, your supervising teacher, other educators, and professionals. It also talks about the value of teaming as a critical way for educators, including paraprofessionals, to plan, design, evaluate, and modify instruction for individual students and groups of students.
The module is organized, and each unit presents information and activities relating to a topic about communication. These topics treat effective communication as the set of skills most likely to promote effective collaboration, and they treat effective collaboration among the adults in schools and school districts as the set of practices most likely to result in effective instruction.