- The information in the OPEPP modules is for all educators. We have made it open access so you can use the modules and all of our Professional Development options in whatever way you like. We encourage you pick and choose what looks most useful and most interesting. Trainers can also adapt the materials in the OPEPP modules, so long as they credit OPEPP as the original source. There are two main groups who use our materials:
(1)Paraprofessionals working on their own.
(2) Educators, Personnel, and Administrator who train and support paraprofessionals and want to refresh their own skills and knowledge.
(3) Preservice Educators who are learning about paraprofessionals and looking to enrich their base of knowledge around special education.
(4) Faculty who want to embed these learning opportunities into their course expectations.
Supporting all learners is the core of what happens in schools, and these modules explain concepts and ways of thinking about the teaching and support work that parapros do as part of their important role in schools
We are also working on modules that will cover the following concepts: Behavior Management, Trauma Informed Practices, What do You Sense? and more!
Of course, paraprofessional educators are diverse: their roles in schools differ, job experiences prior to working in schools differ, and their own schooling experiences differ. To support paraprofessional educators performing these varied roles, the modules include content that assists them and the teachers who work with them in developing foundational knowledge and skills.