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Effective and High-Leverage Practices for Paraeducators

Program Information

We all know it. Paraeducators are critical to special education. Many in the special education field are already using the High-Leverage Practices (HLPs) to address the most critical issues in special education. Paraeducators need these practices too—and we got you covered.

In collaboration with the Paraprofessional Resource & Research Center and the CEEDAR Center, the Council for Exceptional Children is excited to provide paraeducators with a learning program focused on your unique role as a paraeducator and how that aligns with specific HLPs. In this FREE on-demand, eLearning program designed for paraeducators, you will be introduced to four areas of high-leverage practice: Collaboration, Assessment, Social/Emotional/Behavioral, and Instruction.

How It Works


4 phases


Access for 1 year to all content




100% online and on-demand


self-paced, interactive




What Do I Get?

  • Informational videos, interactive learning activities, and supporting resources focused on key skills and knowledge every paraeducator will be able to implement in the classrooms
  • eLearning sessions that provide critical content and certificates of completion for each
  • Participate in all the interactive sessions at your own pace and convenience within one year from the date you register
  • Receive certificates of completion for each phase you complete or for completing the whole program (up to 9 CEUs)
  • A selection of extremely helpful resources and activities selected by the content experts to support you and enhance your work as a paraeducator


Register now for this FREE program!

Key Program Takeaways

Enhanced knowledge and skills of the paraeducator role as part of the special education team
Understand the importance of assessment to a student’s success in the classroom
Examine the paraeducator role in providing instructional support
Illustrate the connection between social and emotional learning, self-management, and the paraeducator


The program is broken down into four phases, and each phase can be completed at your own pace.

Phases of the Program

Objectives of the Phase

  • Differentiate between paraeducators' and professionals' roles and responsibilities.
  • Recognize the ethical and legal responsibilities of paraeducators.
  • Review the components of effective collaboration.
  • Know the characteristics of effective team functioning.
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses as a team member.

Objectives of the Phase

  • Demonstrate how to record and report data regarding student performance.
  • Describe the rationale and methods for formative and summative assessment.
  • Understand the rationale for data driven instruction.

Objectives of the Phase

  • Identify their role in providing instructional support.
  • Identify the components of an effective instruction lesson.
  • Recognize the characteristics of an effective cooperative learning lesson.
  • Understand how to follow a written lesson plan.
  • Identify the rationale of cognitive modeling and coaching.
  • Recognize components of evidence-based instruction in reading.
  • Recognize components of evidence-based instruction in math.
  • Identify IEP goals and the process of achieving goals.

Objectives of the Phase

  • Define behavior.
  • Define social thinking and executive function.
  • Identify motivation behind behavior.
  • Explain how to establish positive and proactive behavior supports.
  • Demonstrate how to use a variety of management techniques.
  • Identify self as a role model for students.
  • Define the importance of appropriate and positive social relationships.
  • Recognize conflict among students and appropriate responses to conflict.
  • Understand how to utilize school-wide and classroom systems to support student social and emotional learning and self-management.

Register now for this FREE program!

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