Fall Workshops for Partner Districts

The Ohio Partnership for Excellence in Paraprofessional Preparation (OPEPP) is pleased to offer workshops to assist school districts in more effectively using paraprofessional services to support student learning. Paraprofessionals, teacher-para teams, and other district, school, and agency personnel are invited to participate. All workshops offer a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous learning opportunities. Contact hours are provided for participants who attend Zoom sessions and complete workshop assignments.

Questions?

For questions about workshops or registration, contact kathryn.richards@uc.edu

If you are not sure if your district is a partner district, contact admin@opepp.org


Workshop Details

OPEPP’s Behavior Management Professional Development Series

OPEPP’s Behavior Management Professional Development Series

Workshop Description:

This four-session “flipped classroom” professional development (PD) series explores four topics relating to behavior management that paraprofessionals and teachers often ask about. Topics include:

  • What is Behavior?
  • Behavior Management Practices and Strategies
  • Systems of Behavior Education
  • Using Data to Change Behavior

What’s “flipped classroom” PD?
It’s series of training sessions that are organized in the following way: Participants view videos and do readings and activities prior to a face-to-face Zoom session. Then they use the Zoom session to debrief. The readings and activities are provided for this PD series using a learning management system called “Moodle.”

Zoom Session 2: Synchronous: September 14, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Zoom Session 3: Synchronous: September 28, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Zoom Session 4: Synchronous: October 12, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Zoom Session 1: Synchronous: October 28, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Participants who attend the Zoom session and complete all workshop assignments receive 15 contact hours for participation.

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Supporting Paraprofessionals Through Mentoring

Supporting Paraprofessionals Through Mentoring

Workshop Description:

This three-session “flipped classroom” explores best practices for supporting paraprofessionals through the use of structured mentoring protocols and practical tools and resources.

Participants will:

  • understand the role of mentors in supporting paraprofessionals in different contexts;
  • learn and practice a variety of effective communication strategies with paraprofessionals;
  • know the importance of using good professional judgment and demonstrating professional attitudes and behaviors; and
  • commit to personal professional growth and that of paraprofessionals to build the district’s capacity to meet the needs of all learners.

What’s “flipped classroom” PD?
It is professional learning that is organized in the following way: Participants view videos and do readings and activities prior to a face-to-face Zoom session. Then they use the Zoom session to debrief. The readings and activities are provided for this PD series using a learning management system called “Moodle.”

Zoom Session 1: Synchronous: September 8, 2021, 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET
Zoom Session 2: Synchronous: September 22, 2021, 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET
Zoom Session 3: Synchronous: October 7, 2021, 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET

Participants who attend both Zoom sessions and complete all workshop assignments receive 10 contact hours for participation.

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Helping with Instruction

Helping with Instruction

Workshop Description:

This workshop is designed for teacher-paraprofessional teams who seek to understand how paraprofessionals can expand their role on a team with responsibility for providing instruction. Based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning, this workshop offers guidance about how paraprofessionals can collaborate with a supervising teacher and other members of an instructional team to help students learn. The readings and activities are provided for this PD series using a learning management system called “Moodle.”

Participants will:

  • identify five phases of the instructional cycle;
  • understand Universal Design for Learning principles and their impact on student learning;
  • apply instructional scaffolding strategies;
  • describe learning targets; and
  • identify ways to improve students’ study strategies and test-taking skills.

Zoom Session 1: Synchronous: October 5, 2021, 4:30 – 5:30 pm ET
Zoom Session 2: Synchronous: November 9, 2021, 4:30 – 5:30 pm ET

Participants who attend the Zoom session and complete all workshop assignments receive 15 contact hours for participation.

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Developing Cultural Competency

Developing Cultural Competency

Workshop Description:

Developing the knowledge and practicing the skills of cultural competency enable all district personnel to relate to people and groups who are culturally diverse, which is critical for the success of all learners. This workshop is designed for all school and district staff as it addresses basic knowledge and skills that are foundational to developing cultural competency. The readings and activities are provided for this PD series using a learning management system called “Moodle.”

Participants will:

  • learn about the meaning of culture and cultural competency;
  • explore how their cultural identity informs their cultural perspective and influences their relationships with others; and
  • learn how practicing cultural competency skills can positively impact student learning and student behavior.

Zoom Session 1: Synchronous: November 8, 2021, 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET
Zoom Session 2: Synchronous: November 30, 2021, 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET

Participants who attend the Zoom session and complete all workshop assignments receive 10 contact hours for participation.

Register Here