There is a such a wide variety of courses available. Courses are tailored and address the needs of the staff taking the courses. I absolutely love the knowledge and application worksheets. I have used them often to further develop the skill; facilitate group discussion; and develop additional projects for discussion. Before Paraeducator Online Training I spent HOURS/DAY doing the research to develop PowerPoints, handouts, worksheets, activities to address the skills in need of improvement. Now, I simply click on the course(s) that I want to assign to my staff and I am done! Now I can spend more time on facilitating group discussions and activities based on the content of the courses assigned. This program is very user friendly. I love being able to monitor who has completed what courses. I also like that I can assign specific courses based on specific individual needs. The paraeducators are elated about having this program as an option. They have completed courses in both small group settings and individually. They indicated that they appreciated the fact that I could provide professional development specific to them.
Sherri L. Daniels, Director, Office of Specialized Student Services
Oak Park School District, IL
It has allowed us to individualize PD based on the needs of the student population and on the needs of the paraeducators in our district.
Kelly Enoch, Director of Special Services
Clinton Public Schools, CT
It has given our complete staff a different outlook on dealing with students and their behaviors, and how we as educators may influence our students in ways that we did not know we were and how these may have been negative influences.
Jerry R. Strickland, Director
Dillon County Technology Center, SC
Having the opportunity for our Educational Assistants to engage in this program is a great way to prepare and utilize in keeping their minds sharp and knowledgeable for our students and their minds as well!
Bibi Barela, Human Resource
Hagerman Municipal Schools, NM
We chose the Paraeducator Online Training because the program offers a wide variety of courses that can be individualized to the needs of our paraprofessionals. It also is convenient for the paraprofessionals to complete the courses at their own pace and has been used for our PD days throughout the school year. It is easy to use and provides valuable information that paras can use to support students in the classroom. It also offers transcripts and course certificates for paras to document their training throughout the school year. Many of our users have reported that they liked the online training because it is meaningful and relates to their job duties. We are excited for the continued use of the program and look forward to providing quality training to every paraeducator in our school system.
Stacey Spies, Ph.D., Director of Special Education
St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools, LA
The training provides our paraeducators with a common vocabulary. Paraeducators learn the skills they need to help students become independent learners (our ultimate goal).
Harvey County Spec. Ed. Coop., KS
Paraprofessionals greatly appreciated the opportunity for professional development since they do not very often receive training.
Katie Schmeltzer, Assistant Princpal
Freedom Area School District, WI
Each of my paraeducators participates in the modules. We have used this for professional development for our paras for 4 years. The paras comment that they like the content and ease of use.
Tammy Stowers-Tonn, Director of Special Education/School Psychologist
Westfield Area School District, WI
As a regional coordinator (CESA 7), I have had several districts utilize Paraeducator Online Training. The depth of knowledge and content enhances quality student support.
Deborah Shimanek, Title 2 Coordinator/Learning Specialist
CESA 7, WI
The Paraeducator Online Training program has helped many staff members in their jobs. It is very easy to complete and our Teaching Assistants on Level lll love it very much.
Angie Rivera, President
Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals, NY
DeAnn Spade is awesome! She is so helpful, always willing to help us get through technical difficulties and questions.
Mary L. Casaus, HR Administrative Assistant
Cuba Independent Schools, NM
This program is a good refresher for things that I already have learned or understand. It does a great job putting educators back in the right perspective or giving the right perspective. It doesn't take too long and always gives me something to think about (even the familiar content).
Brandi Daugherty, Teacher
Richard Allen Preparatory, OH
It is great to have the ability to purchase a license for training, instruct Paras on what they need to complete, and tell them Master Teacher will be in touch to set up the modules to begin. What a bonus to have the ability to see progress and test results from my end, too. Lastly but certainly not LEAST, my contact person with Master Teacher, Brenda Richards, is truly a ROCKSTAR! She is so knowledgeable and always helpful. She always makes me feel like I am the most important person in her day. I love that and it reminds me to treat others that way, too!
Beverly Morris, HR Specialist
Royse City ISD, TX
I have found the program to be highly beneficial for our newest paraeducator hires. We have arranged the trainings into themed lists where paras are to take the 4-6 online modules and then attend a face-to-face session to extend the learning. We have some paras who only do the online trainings, some who only attend the face-to-face sessions, and some who do both. Each "cohort" runs for 18 months, giving each para time to participate and an accessible platform for seeking additional information. Veteran paras are not as interested, so we focus on the new hires. Teachers and special education teacher leaders report that the paras who participate are so much more prepared to support staff and students than paras who don't participate.
Sally Murek, Coordinator, Paraeducator Program
Montgomery County Public Schools, MD
Many districts appreciated the flexibility and offered paras an opportunity to learn at their own pace.
Mary J Ziegler, Title I Coordinator
CESA 2, WI
We have been using the Paraeducator Online Training Program for several years. The staff has stated the sessions are high quality and relevant to their daily work.
Stefanie Raspotnik, Professional Development & Funding Coordinator
Penn Hills School District, PA
We used this program to certify our paras as being highly qualified. This was an effective and efficient way to accomplish this.
Pamela Schuster, Principal
Chilton Elementary School, WI
It meets the state requirements for highly qualified status and provides renewal credits for substitute permits.
Missy Meeks, HR Admin Asst.
Carbon County School District #1, WY
Using the Paraeducator Online Training program has been a positive change for our district. The technology is up-to-date and user-friendly, and the staff is extremely helpful and available whenever I have had questions or concerns. The study materials provided for the final assessments are very helpful to our paraprofessionals, as well as the additional trainings and resources they have access to. We are very happy with the services provided to help us keep our district highly qualified.
Anne Simonson Lehr, Program Assistant/Medicaid Coordinator
Cave Creek Unified School District, Arizona