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In Response to requests for flexible in-service options for paraeducators we have developed these pre-planned workshop facilitator guides.

Paraeducator Benefits

  • Motivational
  • Non-threatening
  • Practical Topics
  • Immediate Application

Facilitator Benefits

  • Promotes Local Facilitation
  • Limited Prep Time
  • Timelines & Activities
  • Flexible (3-hour or after school)
  • Affordable

 

Authors available to provide train-the-trainer seminars for large groups. Please call us at:

Deb (715-425-9775)  or  Sam (715-479-7374)
 
Pumping UP ParaProfessionalism Workshop Facilitator Guide

Successful paraeducators are those who get regular reinforcement regarding valued quality characteristics that others recognize in them. Paraeducators are in need of experiences that help bolster their self-esteem. Like other staff,  they work hard targeting the needs of the students they support and the teachers with whom they partner on a daily basis. Occasionally, there is a need for these 'supporting actors' to network and reflect on how well they are doing.

This  workshop will help them refocus on the characteristics of their daily performance that  make them successful paraeducators and valued employees. Thinking about valued characteristics from various perspectives broadens the paraeducators view and comprehension of how others might recognize effective performance. Your decision to provide this fast moving, highly interactive and reflective workshop for your paraeducators will go a long way in
‘Pumping up Paraprofessionalism.’

The many short and positive activities in this fast-paced workshop are planned to assist you, the facilitator, to help paraeducators grow. Special focus is placed on the expectations of paraeducators as members of the educational team. Activities include discussions of the importance others place on the effective practice of those expectations. The workshop is intended for a blending of those new and veteran paraeducator’s points of view in a pleasing and non-threatening format. Appropriately, our workshop is targeted to improved services and outcomes for students as an end result.

 

how to use this tool small The following ideas and suggestions are offered to help you explore productive uses of the ‘Pumping UP ParaProfessionalism’ workshop facilitator guide:

Principals and Staff Development Leaders

  • This workshop is primarily designed to fill the need for practical and applicable growth activities for paraeducators when teachers are engaged in other important in-service day activities. It offers practical activities that help participants discuss their role from various perspectives.

  • While this workshop is designed for a three-hour time frame, it is easily broken up into smaller time allotments allowing flexible applications for productive after school and early release events

  • With little imagination and adjustment in the narrative for various activities teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents can participate in the same or separate settings with productive results allowing them to share perspectives about the role of the paraeducator.

  • Selected workshop activities can be used as ice breakers and stimulation for sharing perspectives about the role of the paraeducator during beginning-of-school orientation meetings.

  • Selected activities can be used during one-hour monthly meetings of paraeducators, teachers or mixed groups for the purpose of sharing perspectives and clarifying expectations for paraeducators.

  • Use participant developed paraeducator ‘values’ to facilitate principal/paraeducator discussions regarding their value in the building.

  • Use participant generated ‘values’ to help paraeducators develop goals and action plans for improvement through classroom practice.

Virtual Sample of our 'Pumping UP ParaProfessionalism' workshop facilitator guide.
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$250.00
For volume orders please call us at:
715-425-9775 or 715-479-7374

 

Paraeducator Communication Skills Workshop Facilitator Guide

This workshop is oriented to addressing one of the most frequently requested topics for training communication skills development. Most paraeducators are not trained for the various critical aspects of their roles and communication skills are very important to their success. Complicating matters is the fact that most teachers have little or no training on how to develop a relationship with their paraeducator partner, nor the role that communications will play in a successful partnership. To compound such gaps in training, time for effective communications during the busy school day is at a premium, or non-existent, unless an emergency arises. We have spent
considerable time preparing interesting and appropriate activities to assist in the reinforcement of effective communication skills. As a result, you may be directed to read some narratives to be sure that you deliver the
planned
workshop. The value of this workshop is in sharing the valuable information that paraeducators bring through the door with them. Your job is to help them re-focus on their communication skills and assist them in sharing, with each other, the successful practices they have employed. This experience will reinforce and encourage them to continue those effective practices while offering alternative strategies for those that may not be working for them. With that in mind, you will read the following goals of this workshop to all participants:

  • Participants will experience activities that will discuss and reinforce effective communication skills.

  • Participants will experience activities that discuss and demonstrate how attitudes influence communications.

  • Participants will discuss basic strategies for clear communication.

  • Participants will engage in reflection activities related to interpersonal communication skills

 

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The following ideas and suggestions are offered to help you explore productive uses of the strong>‘‘Paraeducator Communications Skills’ workshop guide in your district:

Principals and Staff Development Leaders

  • The workshop is primarily designed to fill the need for practical and applicable growth activities for paraeducators, when teachers are engaged in other important in-service day activities. This structured workshop offers practical handouts and duplicated materials that will help participants retain and apply the key effective elements discussed.

  • While this workshop is designed for a three-hour time frame, it is easily broken up into smaller time allotments allowing flexible applications for productive after school and early release events.

  • With a little imagination and adjustment in the narrative for the activities, teachers and paraeducators can participate in the same setting for improved team communication skill growth.

  • Selected workshop activities can be used as ice breakers and stimulation for getting the staff off on a ‘positive communication foot’ during beginning-of-the-year orientation meetings.

  • Some of the role playing activities for teachers and paraeducators can offer non-threatening experiences in dealing with potentially stressful issues that sometimes impede productive teacher/paraeducator relationships.

  • Creative involvement of teachers, school board members and parents can enhance the understanding and sensitivity to the role effective communications play in harmonious support for students./span>

Virtual Sample of the 'Paraeducator Communication Skills' workshop facilitator guide.
Click upper or lower corners of page to turn pages.


$350.00
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or volume orders please call us at:
715-425-9775 or 715-479-7374