Presenter: Ayo Jones, Noodle Nook
Core Area:
Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C, 1D; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C; Learning Environment 4A, 4B; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A, 6B; Instruction 2.1, 2.3; Learning Environment 3.1, 3.3; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.1
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.5

Teamwork makes the dream work! Building a cohesive and collaborative team is essential in creating an engaging learning environment for students. In this 30-minute course presented by Noodle Nook, veteran SPED educator Ayo Jones shares tips and guidelines for building a special education team that works well together no matter what situations arise in a given school day.

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Building a cohesive and collaborative team is critical when supporting students with disabilities. How your team operates and functions has a direct impact on student learning and growth. By employing some simple strategies, easy activities, and thoughtful reflection, you can help your team be more team-tastic!

In this course from Noodle Nook, Ayo Jones shares guidelines and best practices for improving team collaboration and support in special education. 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 session 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. Most importantly, as part of this series, you’ll develop a better understanding of how important your team is for students with disabilities as well as how to make it better. Guided by best practices, general guidelines, and a student-centered mentality, your special education team will be stronger and more effective.

In this course you will learn:

  • Why expectations matter on a team
  • How to set expectations on your team
  • Why you need an emergency plan
  • How to get answers from your team
  • Ways to collaborate with your team
  • What good communication looks like on a team
  • How to approach team meetings
  • How to appreciate and celebrate your special ed team

Other courses in this series:

SPED Paraeducators – Confidentiality
SPED Paraeducators – Positive Communication
SPED Paraeducators – Roles and Responsibilities
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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11 reviews for SPED Paraeducators – Teamwork

  1. susan – RIPLEY-UNION-LEWIS-HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    It has some really helpful ideas

  2. Melinda – BRAZOS ISD (verified owner)


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


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

    great information

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

    Very good. Helpful on easy no stress ways to work with the team.

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