Spring 2022 Workshops

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

For questions about payment, contact admin@opepp.org

Registration: Registration information for each workshop is provided below. Registration for each workshop closes 3 business days before the workshop begins for non-partner districts and at noon on the day before the workshop begins for OPEPP partner districts.

Cost: Workshops are provided at no charge to OPEPP partner districts. For non-partner districts, the individual registration fee is $70/per person per workshop. For groups of two or more participants per district, the fee is $50/per person per workshop. Payment for non-partner districts closes 3 business days before workshops begin. If you are not sure that your district is a partner district, contact admin@opepp.org.


Workshop Details

Trauma-Informed Practice

Trauma-Informed Practice

Workshop Description:

This workshop is designed for teacher-paraprofessional teams that seek to understand how trauma impacts learning and behavior. This workshop offers guidance about how paraprofessionals can collaborate with teachers and other members of instructional teams to meet students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs to help students learn. The readings and activities are provided for this PD series using a learning management system called “Moodle.”

Participants will:

  • Identify ways trauma-informed practice can contribute to on-going efforts to promote safe and productive learning environments for all students.
  • Describe classroom practices that use trauma-informed practice as a foundation for academic instruction.
  • Explain how literacy instruction grounded in the Science of Reading works to off-set damaging effects of trauma.
  • Identify the ways leadership teams (DLTs, BLTs, and TBTs) can tie trauma-informed practice into overall district improvement efforts.

Zoom Session 1: Synchronous: March 1, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Zoom Session 2: Synchronous: March 25, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET

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

Register Here

Registration Fee

Individual registration fee: $70.
Groups of two or more per district: $50/per person.


Registration Process

Partner and non-partner districts: Registration

Non-partner districts: Payment*

*Please coordinate with your district or organization to complete registration and payment. Registration will not be considered complete until both steps have been processed.

Paraprofessionals Who Work as Interveners

Paraprofessionals Who Work as Interveners

Workshop Description:

Interveners are support professionals who provide consistent one-to-one support throughout the instructional day to students with combined hearing-vision loss (dual sensory impairment). This workshop is designed to equip the practicing paraprofessional with the knowledge and skills needed to provide support to children with dual sensory impairment, better enabling them to meet their learning goals.

Participants will:

  • Describe deafblindness and its impact on access for children with combined hearing-vision loss
  • Understand the role of the intervener as part of the educational team for children with combined hearing-vision loss
  • Describe intervener support strategies
  • Learn how to obtain resources and training opportunities for interveners

Zoom Session 1: Synchronous: January 31, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Zoom Session 2: Synchronous: February 21, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET

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

Register Here

Registration Fee

Individual registration fee: $70.
Groups of two or more per district: $50/per person.


Registration Process

Partner and non-partner districts: Registration

Non-partner districts: Payment*

*Please coordinate with your district or organization to complete registration and payment. Registration will not be considered complete until both steps have been processed.

Supporting Paraprofessionals through Mentoring

Supporting Paraprofessionals through Mentoring

Workshop Description:

Mentoring is an effective strategy for the professional development of any educator. This workshop is designed to equip experienced educators with the knowledge and skills needed to provide mentoring support to paraprofessionals, in order to better enable them to meet the instructional and behavioral needs of learners.

This three-session “flipped classroom” professional learning workshop explores best practices for mentoring paraprofessionals and practical application of strategies that provide effective support to them. What is a “flipped” online workshop? It is a series of professional learning sessions that are organized in the following way: Participants view videos and do readings and activities prior to participating in a face-to-face Zoom session. Then they use the Zoom session to debrief. So that participants can get the most out of this learning opportunity, it is important that they complete any required readings in advance of and be fully engaged in the Zoom sessions.

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.

Zoom Session 1: Synchronous: February 3, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Zoom Session 2: Synchronous: February 10, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Zoom Session 3: Synchronous: February 17, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET

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

Register Here

Registration Fee

Individual registration fee: $70.
Groups of two or more per district: $50/per person.


Registration Process

Partner and non-partner districts: Registration

Non-partner districts: Payment*

*Please coordinate with your district or organization to complete registration and payment. Registration will not be considered complete until both steps have been processed.

OPEPP’s Behavior Management Professional Development Series

OPEPP’s Behavior Management Professional Development Series

Workshop Description:

This workshop is designed for teacher-paraprofessional teams that seek to understand how to effectively address the behavioral needs of all learners. This five-session professional development series explores four topics relating to behavior management that paraprofessionals and teachers often ask about. Topics include:

Participants will:

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

Zoom Session 1: Synchronous: March 8, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
– Introduction to the Course, the Moodle, and the Facilitators
Zoom Session 2: Synchronous: March 22, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
– Discussions of Unit One: What is Behavior?
Zoom Session 3: Synchronous: April 5, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
– Discussions of Unit Two: Behavior Management Strategies
Zoom Session 4: Synchronous: April 19, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
– Discussions of Unit Three: Systems of Behavior Change
Zoom Session 5: Synchronous: May 3, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
– Discussions of Unit Four: Using Data to Change Behavior; Procedures for Course Completion

Participants who attend the Zoom session and complete all workshop assignments receive 30 contact hours for participation.

Register Here

Registration Fee

Individual registration fee: $70.
Groups of two or more per district: $50/per person.


Registration Process

Partner and non-partner districts: Registration

Non-partner districts: Payment*

*Please coordinate with your district or organization to complete registration and payment. Registration will not be considered complete until both steps have been processed.

What Do You Sense? An Overview of Our Seven Primary Senses

What Do You Sense? An Overview of Our Seven Primary Senses

Workshop Description:

This workshop is designed to support educational teams, paraprofessionals, and parents in understanding the senses. The workshop will provide a basic overview of how the seven senses function so they can inform the brain, major functions they provide on an everyday basis, and examples of atypical behaviors indicating sensory dysfunction. The final unit will provide observational practice to share with educational teams.

Participants will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the Distance senses: Vision and Hearing
  • Gain a basic understanding of the Contact senses: Touch, Taste and Smell
  • Gain a basic understanding of the Power senses: Vestibular and Proprioception
  • Identify indicators and behaviors of atypical sensory systems
  • Practice observing and documenting atypical behaviors to share with the educational team

Zoom Session 1: Synchronous: April 5, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Zoom Session 2: Synchronous: May 3, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 ET

Participants who attend the Zoom session and complete all workshop assignments receive 12 contact hours for participation, if applicable.

Register Here