Regional Paraprofessional Opportunities

Paraprofessional Micro-PD Modules

The Oregon Research Schools Network, part of University of Oregon College of Education and the IMESD Teaching and Learning Department worked to create a series of modules aimed at paraprofessionals and the many hats they wear within the school environment. The modules are created to be independent and on-demand, fitting the varying schedules our paras have within the region.

These modules are offered at no charge for IMESD component districts.

To register for the modules:

Paraprofessional Micro-PD Registration Link

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Program Contacts:

Erin Lair, Director of Teaching and Learning,

Heidi Paullus, Instructional Coach,

Modules Include:

  • Remote Use for Educational Assistants

    Modules addresses the unique considerations, challenges, and strategies for classified staff to provide remote student support.

    • Considering Compliance

    • Planning Smart, Thinking Critically

  • Trauma Informed Education

    These four modules focus broadly on topics related to trauma informed education (TIE), and specifically covers definitions and details of trauma, how trauma impacts the brain, how it can manifest in students, and how staff can support traumatized youth in school.

    • What is Trauma (Part 1)

    • What is Trauma (Part 2)

    • Foundations of Resilience (Part 1)

    • Foundations of Resilience (Part 2) COMING SOON!

  • Positive Behavior Support

    Modules focus on understanding that student behavior is functional. Using positive behavior support strategies can help prevent challenges. Emphasis is given to supervision in unstructured settings (playground, hallway, lunch).

    • Behavior is Communication

    • Praise Strategies I

    • Praise Strategies II

    • Active Supervision I

    • Active Supervision II

    • Active Supervision III COMING SOON!

  • Instructional Support Strategies

    Evidence-based instructional strategies are described. Scenarios feature examples and non-examples to differentiate the critical features of each instructional practice.

    • Opportunities to Respond

    • Instructional Pacing (Part 1)

    • Instructional Pacing (Part 2) COMING SOON!

    • Choice Making COMING SOON!

    • Reinforcement Systems COMING SOON!

  • Building Relationships

    The modules provide a conceptual overview of the construct of the teacher-student relationship, suggestions to promote quality relationships, and ways to address challenges.

    • Relationships Matter

    • Strategies to Connect with Challenging Students COMING SOON!

    • Importance of School and Classroom Climate COMING SOON!

    • Repairing Connections with Students after a Challenge COMING SOON!