Below is a list of courses designed specifically for paraprofessionals, substitutes and other support staff. However, there are many courses in other categories that you can take to enhance your role within the school. View this document for a list of such courses, designed for all educators and handpicked as applicable for paraprofessionals. 

course description

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. Facilitated by Beckie Squires, OPI Consultant and retired paraprofessional 

Type of Course

Facilitated, Oct 25 - Dec 5, 2020

This is a closed section for Sentinel High School staff. Click here to request a private session for your school. 

course length 20 OPI Renewal Units Audience Paraeducators

user rating

User rating: 3.7 3.7 stars

"I was able to implement some of the material right away and see results during the course's timeline." —Middle school paraeducator, Laurel, MT

course description

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. Facilitated by Beckie Squires, OPI Consultant and retired paraprofessional 

Type of Course

Facilitated, Oct 18 - Nov 28, 2020

Enrollment opens Sept 27 and closes Oct 18 or when the course is full. 

An additional session will run Feb 14 - March 27, 2021. Sign up for a registration reminder.

course length 20 OPI Renewal Units Audience Paraeducators

user rating

User rating: 3.7 3.7 stars

"I was able to implement some of the material right away and see results during the course's timeline." —Middle school paraeducator, Laurel, MT

course description

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. Facilitated by Beckie Squires.

Type of Course

Facilitated, Sept 13 - Oct 10, 2020

Registration will open Aug 23 and close Sept 13 or when the course is full. 

An additional session will run from April 4 - May 1, 2021. Sign up for a registration reminder.

course length 15 OPI Renewal Units Audience Paraeducators or Para/Teacher teams

user rating

User rating: 3.9 3.9 stars
"I will definitely be sharing with our team and recommending this course for future learning. Great job! Keep up the good work." —Paraeducator, Miles City
course description

This course 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 and educators must address.  

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center. Facilitated by Jenny Malloy, Park County Special Education Cooperative Director

Type of Course

Facilitated, Jan 10 - Feb 6, 2020

Registration opens Dec 20 and closes Jan 10 or when the course is full.

An additional session will run May 9 - June 5, 2021. Sign up for a registration reminder.

course length 15 OPI Renewal Units Audience Paraeducators

user rating

User Rating: 3.8 3.8 stars"
I really loved this course and I hope that you will put on more in the future! Thank you!" —Paraeducator, Kalispell, MT

 

course description

This is the 1st of a two-part series (Reading and Math) that provides participants with important skills in classroom management as well as proven strategies in reading, writing, and math instruction. A nationally developed assessment is built directly into the course, assuring that paraprofessionals who take the course can demonstrate evidence of content mastery to their local districts and the state of Montana. Visit the registration site or contact Marco Fero or Jami Wood for more information (800) 398-0826.

Created by MFPE, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and a team of highly trained Montana paraprofessional educators. 

Type of Course

Facilitated, tentative: Sept 28 - Nov 7 (Reading) and Nov 9 - Dec 11 (Math)

Register and pay with MFPE by Sept 21. You will then receive an enrollment key to access the course.

An additional pair of sessions will tentatively run Feb 1 - April 18.

course length 3-4 hours/week for 10 weeks. Participants receive a certificate of completion.  Audience Paraprofessionals

user rating

User Rating: 3.7 3.7 stars"
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and learned so much valuable information to help me in my duties as a para-professional." —Elementary paraeducator, Butte, MT
course description

This is the 2nd of a two-part series (Reading and Math) that provides participants with important skills in classroom management as well as proven strategies in reading, writing, and math instruction. A nationally developed assessment is built directly into the course, assuring that paraprofessionals who take the course can demonstrate evidence of content mastery to their local districts and the state of Montana. Visit this site (TBD) or contact Marco Fero or Jami Wood for more information (800) 398-0826.

Created by MFPE, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and a team of highly trained Montana paraprofessional educators. 

Type of Course

Facilitated, tentative: Sept 28 - Nov 8 (Reading) and Nov 9 - Dec 13 (Math)

Only for participants who have registered with MFPE and completed the PASS: Reading section.

An additional pair of sessions will tentatively run Feb 1 - April 18.

course length 3-4 hours/week for 10 weeks. Participants receive a certificate of completion.  Audience Paraprofessionals

user rating

User Ratings: 3.7 3.7 stars 
"
Was a great course and I learned a lot from it that I can take with me as a para to help students with math." —Paraeducator, Missoula, MT area

course description

This course will address professionalism, legal aspects, classroom management, and strategies to successfully serve as a substitute or guest teacher. It is designed to meet the three-hour training requirement described in Administrative Rules of Montana 10.55.716.

Created by the Northwest Montana Co-Op and Colet Bartow (OPI).

type of course Self-paced course length 3 Hours audience Substitute Teachers
User rating User Ratings: 3.6  3.6 stars

"This course is very well set up and has a lot of good resources that I didn't know about!" —Pre-service teacher, Great Falls, MT