The information in the OPEPP modules is for paraprofessional educators, but this guide for using the modules is for two different audiences: (1) parapros working on their own and (2) educators (e.g., school district and regional personnel) who train parapros. We encourage both groups to 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.
Teaching is the core of what happens in schools, and these four modules (and their 42 total units) explain concepts and ways of thinking about the teaching work that parapros can do. Parapros in Ohio (and everywhere) make an important contribution to schools’ efforts to provide high-quality education to all students, but they get little support or training. The information in these modules can help. The modules present and explain the big ideas related to: Helping with Instruction, Communication and Collaboration, Helping Students Read, and Helping Students Do Math.
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. Despite these differences, many parapros provide support to students by serving in the role of instructional helper. To support paraprofessional educators performing this role, the modules include content that assists parapros and the teachers who work with them in developing foundational knowledge and skills that support instructional planning, delivery, and assessment.