As I was searching for tips and best practices to support training our paraprofessionals, I found many helpful resources! These materials were often in print and ready to go to support our staff.
One key ingredient I wasn’t able to find in all of this training was how to BEGIN sifting through these print resources to begin forming a program that works.
I know in my own experience, I have assembled some VERY extensive binders and I hoped (prayed) that I included everything a paraprofessional (and all staff) would need to feel successful in the classroom. Yet I still felt overwhelmed on how I was going to cover all these topics…that seem equally important.
- Safety Procedures
- Professional Expectations
- Classroom Duties
- Data Collection
What else could we add to this list of special education training topics?
As I continued to research, I thought to myself:
If I’m feeling confused about paraprofessional training as an experienced educator, how is a new special educator feeling right now?
Or maybe you’re not a new teacher, but have had some experiences that definitely highlighted the need for a training plan for the all of the adult support in your classroom.
I create a free training video that walks you through the mini exercises to begin organizing topics and create a plan for staff training.
Think of this as the prerequisite step BEFORE you assemble all those handouts and training manuals.