ENROLLMENT OPENS Apr. 17, 2022 – Orientation to Special Education for Paraeducators (May 8 – Jun. 4, 2022)

This module is designed to provide a basic introduction to special education and the needs of students who have disabilities. The content consists of introductory material regarding legal and historical foundations of special education, human growth and development, the nature of disabilities, and an introduction to the basic human needs that paraeducators must address.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center.

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens Apr. 17, 2022

Course runs May 8 – Jun. 4, 2022

Visit Orientation to Special Education for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll.

ENROLLMENT OPENS Mar. 13, 2022 – Instructional Teamwork for Paraeducators (Apr. 3 – 30, 2022)

This course is designed to help paraeducators work effectively on a team. The course consists of introductory material regarding teamwork, delineation of roles and responsibilities, classroom instruction, and behavior management. Can be taken by individual paras and teachers, but is most effective when teams take the course together.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center.

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens Mar. 13, 2022

Course runs Apr. 3 – 30, 2022

Visit Instructional Teamwork for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 23, 2022 – Instructional Strategies for Paraeducators (Feb. 13 – Mar. 26, 2022)

Paraeducators must understand individual student needs for the particular level of support, the degree of accommodation or modification, and instructional method that would best facilitate learning. This course is designed to provide these instructional strategies for use in inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, and self-contained settings.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center.

Enrollment opens Jan. 23, 2022

Course runs Feb. 13 – Mar. 26, 2022

20 OPI Renewal Units

Visit Instructional Strategies for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

ENROLLMENT OPENS Dec. 12, 2021 – Orientation to Special Education for Paraeducators (Jan. 9 – Feb. 5, 2022)

This module is designed to provide a basic introduction to special education and the needs of students who have disabilities. The content consists of introductory material regarding legal and historical foundations of special education, human growth and development, the nature of disabilities, and an introduction to the basic human needs that paraeducators must address.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center.

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens Dec. 12, 2021

Course runs Jan. 9 – Feb. 5, 2022

ENROLLMENT OPENS Sept. 26, 2021 – Instructional Strategies for Paraeducators (Oct. 17 – Nov. 27, 2021)

Paraeducators must understand individual student needs for the particular level of support, the degree of accommodation or modification, and instructional method that would best facilitate learning. This course is designed to provide these instructional strategies for use in inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, and self-contained settings.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center.

Enrollment opens Sept. 26, 2021

Course runs Oct. 17 – Nov. 27, 2021

20 OPI Renewal Units

Visit Instructional Strategies for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

ENROLLMENT OPENS Aug. 22, 2021 – Instructional Teamwork for Paraeducators (Sept. 12 – Oct. 9, 2021)

This course is designed to help paraeducators work effectively on a team. The course consists of introductory material regarding teamwork, delineation of roles and responsibilities, classroom instruction, and behavior management. Can be taken by individual paras and teachers, but is most effective when teams take the course together.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center.

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens August 22, 2021

Course runs September 12 – October 9, 2021

Visit Instructional Teamwork for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

“Introduction to Interveners” Webinar

The Montana Deaf-Blind Project is pleased to welcome Julie Maier, California Deafblind Services Educational Specialist, to provide an introduction to and overview of interveners. Attend this free webinar for answers to questions such as:

  • What is an Intervener?
  • How do they differ from paraprofessionals and interpreters?
  • Why might students with deaf-blindness need an intervener?
  • How do you determine that an individual student needs an intervener?
  • What skills and training does someone need to be an intervener?
  • Where can they learn those skills/obtain that training?
  • What is the Cogswell-Macy Act and what does it have to do with intervener services?

Register here to attend the webinar.

Student Support Services Summer Training

OPI’s Student Support Services is hosting a free, online two-day summer training session on June 22-23, 2021. Participants can view the schedule here.

  • Day 1, June 22 – Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey from the American Institutes for Research will provide an Overview of MTSS Tier 1 Implementation and Intervention. A lunch and learn on the results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey will be presented by Susan Court from OPI.
  • Day 2, June 23 – OPI employees will present on a variety of topics and resources, including, American Indian Student Achievement, SEL Competencies, Tobacco Trends, High Ability/High Achieving Students, Data, and MTSS.

A separate registration for each day is required:

Contact Continuing Education and Technical Assistance Unit Manager Sheila Lovato for more information.

LINK Training for Linking Assessment and Instruction for Independence virtual workshop

This one-day workshop provides participants with information on how to implement evidence-based practices for secondary students using the Links Curriculum. Participants will learn to use a process for assessing and teaching functional routines that has been documented in the research. Extensive information will be given on selecting and individualizing routines and teaching specific skills to support success during routines.

The Links Curriculum includes extensive data collection systems and participants will learn to collect and use data for instructional decision making, tracking student progress and writing IEP Goals. Video examples and video practice activities will be incorporated into the workshop. An on-line computerized system will be demonstrated with hands-on practice by the participants. Attendees will receive one year of access to the LINKS online curriculum.

Visit the event website to register to attend. Participants will have a choice of three dates to attend:

  • February 19, 2021
  • March 18, 2021
  • April 14, 2021

LINK Training for Linking Assessment and Instruction for Independence virtual workshop

This one-day workshop provides participants with information on how to implement evidence-based practices for secondary students using the Links Curriculum. Participants will learn to use a process for assessing and teaching functional routines that has been documented in the research. Extensive information will be given on selecting and individualizing routines and teaching specific skills to support success during routines.

The Links Curriculum includes extensive data collection systems and participants will learn to collect and use data for instructional decision making, tracking student progress and writing IEP Goals. Video examples and video practice activities will be incorporated into the workshop. An on-line computerized system will be demonstrated with hands-on practice by the participants. Attendees will receive one year of access to the LINKS online curriculum.

Visit the event website to register to attend. Participants will have a choice of three dates to attend:

  • February 19, 2021
  • March 18, 2021
  • April 14, 2021