Presenter: Ayo Jones, Noodle Nook
Core Area:
Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C, 1D; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2B, 2C; Learning Environment 4A, 4D; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A, 6B, 6D; Planning 1.3; Instruction 2.1, 2.3, 2.4; Learning Environment 3.2, 3.3; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.1
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.5

As a paraeducator, good communication with teachers, teaching teams, and students is essential. Through this course you’ll develop a better understanding of why positive communication is important, as well as how you can be more effective with your communication. Veteran SPED educator Ayo Jones shares best practices, general guidelines, and a student-centered mentality that will make your special education team stronger and more effective.

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What you say is only part of communication. When it comes to establishing positive communication with coworkers, team members, and students in the classroom, all you need are some simple suggestions and doable tips.

In this course from Noodle Nook, Ayo Jones shares general guidelines and best practices for establishing positive communication as a special education paraeducator. This session works well for training and preparing paraeducators for their special education job duties AND as a partnered training between a teacher and their para partner.

This course is part of the Special Education Paraeducator training series. The series is all about preparing paraeducators (and their teacher partners) to support students with disabilities in the classroom. This series delivers guidelines, best practices, essential strategies, and critical information to support staff working in special education.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to establish positive communication with coworkers
  • Tips to create a culture of positive communication on your teaching team
  • Strategies for positive communication with students in the classroom
  • Strategies to support positive communication for non-verbal or minimally-verbal students who require AACs or VODs

Other courses in this series:

SPED Paraeducators – Confidentiality
SPED Paraeducators – Roles and Responsibilities
SPED Paraeducators – Teamwork
SPED Paraeducators – Understanding Disabilities
SPED Paraeducators – Understanding Levels of Support for Students with Disabilities
SPED Paraeducators – Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Ayo Jones is an experienced special education teacher, successful instructional coach, and charismatic professional speaker. Driven by her love for all things special education, Ayo provides educators teaching students with significant disabilities exactly what they need to survive and thrive. In her over 15 years in education, she has coached hundreds of teachers, trained thousands of educational professionals, and developed curriculum for tens of thousands of students with disabilities. She is a regular consultant to multiple school districts and educational support centers throughout Texas and beyond as well as in West Africa, where she does outreach to underserved students.

Ayo is the founder of Noodle Nook, an online resource for teachers in special education, providing tools for classroom success. She hosts a teacher podcast, is a published author, and delivers curriculum to teachers worldwide, including Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Best known for her engaging public speaking, Ayo’s captivating presence and witty delivery have made her a sought-after professional trainer.

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    13 reviews for SPED Paraeducators – Positive Communication

    1. Melinda – BRAZOS ISD (verified owner)

      good course

    2. Desiree – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)


    3. Elizabeth – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

      great course

    4. Rhonda – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

      I thought it was good and informative

    5. Mary – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

      Great course

    6. Barbara – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

      Very informative

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