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Paraprofessional Toolkit: Empowering Students to Be Independent

Time limit: 365 days

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Course Overview

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Course Description

"Empowering Students to Be Independent" is a transformative course that equips paraprofessionals with the knowledge and strategies necessary to foster student autonomy and self-reliance. The course begins with an inspiring narrative that highlights the significance of empowering students to take ownership of their learning and personal growth. Through a series of engaging BHSSC-created videos, reflective exercises, and assessments, participants will gain a deep understanding of the importance of promoting independence and the impact it has on student success. The course explores a range of techniques and tools that paraprofessionals can employ to support student independence, including the effective use of the prompting hierarchy. Participants will learn how to select appropriate prompts based on individual student needs and gradually fade these prompts to facilitate greater independence over time. By the end of the course, paraprofessionals will possess a comprehensive toolkit of strategies to empower students, enabling them to become confident, self-directed learners who are prepared for success both within and beyond the classroom.

Course Goals

  • "Understand the importance of empowering our students to be independent"
  • "Learn techniques that can support student independence"
  • "Understand how to utilize the prompting hierarchy to increase independence"
  • "Understand how to select and then fade prompts to facilitate independence"

Estimated Time: ½ Hour to 2 Hours 

This self-paced course typically requires half an hour to two hours to complete, though the actual time may vary based on individual factors.

Access and Credentials

Click on "enroll now" to begin enrolling in the Course listing. After registering, click on “Canvas” at the top of the page to access your course in Canvas.

Bulk Enrollment

Administrators, PLC leaders, and others can enroll their whole team; there's an option for bulk enrollment in the Catalog for registering multiple members. You first need to reserve and purchase multiple enrollments. After that, you can invite individuals to your purchased seats.

Team Discount

If registering 20 or more individuals for a team or district, reach out to to arrange for special pricing before purchasing.

Credentials: 1 CECH

After completing this course, you can obtain 1 CECH (continuing education contact hours) for South Dakota. CECH/CEUs are free of charge and can be obtained instantly upon completing all requirements.