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Paraprofessional Toolkit: Functional Skills

Time limit: 365 days

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Course Overview

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Course Description

"Functional Skills" is an essential course that equips paraprofessionals with the knowledge and understanding necessary to effectively support students in developing crucial skills for success in academic, social, and life settings. The course begins with a compelling narrative that highlights the significance of functional skills and their impact on student independence and overall well-being. Through a series of informative BHSSC-created videos, reflective exercises, and assessments, participants will gain a deep understanding of the purpose and importance of functional skills instruction. The course explores the role of paraprofessionals in supporting students within functional skills classrooms, providing guidance on how to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment that fosters skill acquisition and generalization. Participants will learn strategies for assisting students in developing essential skills such as self-care, communication, social interaction, and problem-solving, while also promoting independence and self-advocacy. By the end of the course, paraprofessionals will possess a strong foundation in supporting functional skill development and feel equipped to provide appropriate and meaningful support to students in functional skills classrooms.

Course Goals

  • "Understand the purpose of functional skills in academic, social, and life settings"
  • "Develop a sense of appropriate support for students in functional skills classrooms"

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

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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.