OPEPP Professional Development Modules

OPEPP Professional Development Modules

The online learning materials below help school district personnel, professional development providers, and regional service providers improve the quality and consistency of training available to instructional paraprofessionals. Each module includes relevant information assembled in 10 or 11 units, each incorporating a variety of learning tools such as webinars, activities, discussion prompts, and resources.

These materials can be explored by paraprofessionals directly, but might best be used to deliver facilitated training to teams of paraprofessionals and teachers.

Users’ Guide

The Users’ Guide provides a brief description of the modules and offers tips for two different groups that might use the modules: (1) parapros working on their own and (2) educators (e.g., school district and regional personnel) who train parapros.

Help with instruction module Helping with Instruction

About This Module

Helping with Instruction

This module is designed for paraprofessional educators who seek to understand the instructional process and possibly expand their role on a team with responsibility for providing instruction. Based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning, the module offers guidance about how to collaborate with a supervising teacher and other members of an instructional team to help students learn.

The module is organized, each of which presents a topic about instruction. The choice of the topics to include and the content provided about each topic reflect current thinking in the field of education. The discussion steers clear of instructional fads, and instead draws attention to practices with strong support from both theory and research.

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Communication and collaboration module Communication and Collaboration

About This Module

OPEPP Communication and Collaboration

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.

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Help with reading module Helping Students Read

About This Module

Helping Students Read

This module is designed for paraprofessional educators who wish to find out more about how to help students learn to read. It covers a range of topics relating to reading instruction. It presents these topics in enough depth to enable a paraprofessional to gain confidence about offering reading instruction under the guidance of a teacher.

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Help with math module Helping Students Do Math

About This Module

Helping Students do Math

This module is designed for paraprofessional educators who wish to find out more about math and how to help students learn to do math. It covers a range of topics relating to math instruction. It presents these topics in enough depth to enable a paraprofessional to gain confidence about offering math instruction under the guidance of a teacher.

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