Educational Service Unit #11 recently facilitated three paraeducator training workshops on October 18th, 20th,and 28th. These workshops provided the opportunity for further learning through The MASTER Teacher Para Educator Learning Network. This is an internet-based professional development website which offers over 135 courses of relevant information for the paraeducators’ supportive role within the classroom and school.
Each course consists of multiple modules including a Pre-test Module, Course Objectives Module, Learning Module, and/or Post Test Module. The Paraeducators are able to navigate their way through the site in which they are able to prepare for each course as well as complete a test. Each test score becomes a part of a transcript indicating the courses they have completed and the score that was received on their test. Topics for some of the courses are: Confidentiality, Understanding Inclusion, What is Response to Intervention (RtI), Monitoring Student Progress, Supporting Instruction: Reading, Basic Algebra, Mathematics: Understanding the Basic Skills, Helping Middle School Students Improve Organizational Skills.
This is an exciting new way to educate the paraeducators within your school and is beneficial in the fact that it is flexible to work around their busy schedules. Take the time to talk with your paraeducators regarding the courses and support them in their efforts.
Paraeducators involved in the Paraeducator Learning Network are from the following school districts: Alma, Bertrand, Cambridge, Holdrege, Loomis and Wilcox-Hildreth. Additional meetings will be held for the paraeducators to have the opportunity to discuss some of the courses they have completed and also to have the chance to network with paraeducators from other school districts.
Jane Moody and Lona Nelson-Milks are facilitating this training with technical support from Sonja Loeffler.