Presenter: Ayo Jones, Noodle Nook
Core Area:
Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C; Learning Environment 4A; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A; Instruction 2.1, 2.4; Learning Environment 3.3; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.1, 4.3
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.5

As a paraeducator, understanding the responsibilities of your role and your teacher partner’s role are critical to developing a better understanding of what you can and should do in the classroom to support students with disabilities. In this 30-minute course, 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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Taking time to outline classroom or team roles and responsibilities is a critical part of paraeducator success. Knowing which tasks are part of your job duties as well as which duties fall to your teaching partners can help to alleviate misunderstandings or miscommunication on many special education teams.

In this course from Noodle Nook, Ayo Jones shares general guidelines and best practices for defining roles and responsibilities for a special education paraeducator and teacher. This session works well for training and preparing paraeducators for their special education job duties, as well as for 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 which duties belong to a teacher and a para in the categories of:

  • Organization
  • Instruction
  • Assessment
  • IEP Goals and Objectives
  • Behavior Supports
  • Communication
  • Additional supports that may be required when supporting students with low incidence disabilities

Other courses in this series:

SPED Paraeducators – Confidentiality
SPED Paraeducators – Positive Communication
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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12 reviews for SPED Paraeducators – Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Melinda – BRAZOS ISD (verified owner)

    good course

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

    clarified what a teacher and para’s responsibilities are.

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

    great course

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

    Very informative

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

    very informative on roles of each member of the team.

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