Hear From Our Customers!
"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
"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, Michigan
"The Paraeducator Online Training has provided our district with an affordable way to offer our teaching assistants relevant professional development. Prior to using this training, our TAs were often put into training situations that only related to their work in a superficial or indirect way. Now there are many opportunities for them to engage in topics pertinent to their needs."
Director of Curriculum
Voorheesville Central Schools, New York
"My paraprofessionals have grown more independent in their services with the students. They are more confident in themselves knowing that what they are doing is appropriate and beneficial for the students based on the training and information they have gained."
Special Education Director
Newell School District, South Dakota
"The Paraeducator Online Training program has helped newly hired paraeducators get on board, as well as current paras because it helps reconfirm items and techniques they have been utilizing already. It is more of a starting block for staff to get on the same page. We find it useful to have the student teams (teachers, paras, SLP, OT, etc.) debrief after the courses to fill in relevant information that pertains to their students."
Santa Clara Unified School District, California
"The program is about the simplist way for paras to access PD that we have found. We have very limited time to have PD for paras. This program lets them complete PD in a flexible way—during less demanding periods and at their own pace."
Weiser School District, Idaho
"We have been using the Paraeducator Online Training since 2003 and have found it a very efficient way to reach a large group of employees with a wide range of experience, educational background and assignments within our school corporation. Our paraprofessionals appreciate being able to approach the professional development on their own time, proceed at their own rate and choose topics very appropriate for the students with whom they work."
Coordinator, Budgets/Grants, Special Education
South Bend Community School Corporation, Indiana
"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."
Coordinator, Paraeducator Program
Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
"Paras are required to attain CTLE credits and need to keep up-to-date on strategies for different learners and children. Paraeducator gives them both. We all need a refresher on strategies; some things are new, some we learned but forgot. Always changing strategies keeps kids going. Having engaged kids makes happy kids, which gets you happy paras, making happy admins..."
William McKInley Junior High School, New York
"I struggle to find the time to develop meaningful professional development for our paraeducators. This product is already organized and ready for implementation, allowing for our paras to access it when it is convenient for them. Initial feedback from my paras is overwhelmingly positive in providing them the professional development that is directly applied to their day-to-day student responsibilities."
Wausau School District, Wisconsin
"We use Paraeducator Online Training as a tool to help all of our paraprofessionals meet "highly qualified" status through the Department of Public Instruction. This tool provided user-friendly training while reviewing and reinforcing necessary skills for our paraprofessionals. The Online Training tool was easy to access and use with both small and large group sessions. Assessments could be monitored in real time to allow participants immediate feedback on their successes. Thank you for providing this valuable training tool."
Director of Special Education/Pupil Services
School District of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
"Trainings for our school staff are limited, as our school district is very isolated. The paraprofessionals who are using the program appreciate the training opportunities. Since there are a wide range of topics from which to choose, the paras are able to select training modules that are relevant to their individual work situations."
Department of Defense Education
"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."
Director of Special Education/School Psychologist
Westfield Area School District, Wisconsin
"Paraeducator provides quality professional development that is individualized to best meet the specific needs of each staff member."
Special Education Director
Leslie Public Schools, Michigan
"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., Kansas
"Many of our paraprofessionals are receiving ongoing professional development for the first time using the Paraeducator Online Training. It is easy to use and convenient for staff."
Pittsburg High School, California
"I have been able to train and make recommendations based on the program. I love the wide variety of information the course offers."
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District , Michigan
"The paraprofessionals feel as though they are receiving training personalized for them."
I.S. 24 - Myra S. Barnes, New York
"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."
Director of Special Services
Clinton Public Schools, South Carolina
"We used the Title I lessons and assessments to "re-calibrate" our instructional aides. This group has commented on how nice it was to use the modules and select other topics of their own choice to gain continuing education hours for district requirements."
Winnsboro ISD, Texas
"The courses have proven to be a great advantage for our staff. Sometimes our paraprofessionals are required to take the courses again to update their background on certain criteria."
Fairview School District, Pennsylvania
"It allowed paraeducators to differentiate for the professional learning that fit their job situation."
Shelton Elementary School in Paulding County, Georgia
"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."
Professional Development & Funding Coordinator
Penn Hills School District, Pennsylvania
"Great and easy to use. The paraeducator staff have been waiting for training materials like this."
Alpine ISD, Texas
"Paraprofessionals greatly appreciated the opportunity for professional development since they do not very often receive training."
Freedom Area School District, Wisconsin
"It is exciting to hear when one of the paraprofessionals has been able to implement a certain technique with a child who has a unique challenge."
Special Ed Secretary
North East School District, Pennsylvania
"Using this program allowed Tri-County Paraeducators to become Highly Qualified for the Title I school-wide program and learn methods of teaching and reaching students with disabilities."
Tri-County Special Education Cooperative, Kansas
"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."
Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals, New York
"It has enabled the paraprofessionals to understand their roles in the classroom setting. I have seen improvement in their job performance upon completion of the modules."
Grayson County Special Ed. Co-op, Texas
"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."
Title 2 Coordinator/Learning Specialist
CESA 7, Wisconsin
"Provided my special education paraprofessional staff with consistent information and provided an opportunity to engage staff in deep conversations."
Director of Pupil Services & Special Education
Elkhorn Area School District, Wisconsin
"Many districts appreciated the flexibility and offered paras an opportunity to learn at their own pace."
Mary J. Ziegler
Title I Coordinator
CESA 2, Wisconsin
"We used this program to certify our paras as being highly qualified. This was an effective and efficient way to accomplish this."
Chilton Elementary School, Wisconsin
"The technical support and customer service were fantastic! Paraeducator Online Training was a helpful tool for our paraprofessionals to achieve their goal of meeting high state standards."
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Omro School District, Wisconsin
"It has allowed us to hire individuals without a two-year degree and still be highly qualified."
Dir. Sp. Ed./Pupil Services
School District of Tomahawk, Wisconsin