PD FOR PARAS
Dr. Julie Causton
MAGICAL INCLUSION EXPERT
A best selling author, inspiring speaker, and inclusion advocate, Dr. Julie Causton began her career as an educator and then 14 years as a tenured professor at Syracuse University. In 2012 she founded Inclusive Schooling, a premiere company solely devoted to delivering professional development which transforms schools and lives. She has spent the past 25 years nearly obsessed with discovering innovative practices and teaching others about inclusive education through her wildly engaging presentations.
Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak
INCLUSION THOUGHT LEADER
FIERCE PLAY ADVOCATE
A highly sought-after speaker, accomplished author, and educators’ educator. Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak began her career as an early interventionist and then spent 16 years as a tenured professor at Kent State University. Since 2013 she has followed her true passion for designing and delivering transformative professional development. As a result, she has accumulated over 50,000 hours of helping educators and leaders work from a place of compassion, hope, and love in locations from Cincinnati to Singapore.
act now and take advantage of highly acclaimed training for paraprofessionals
Rarely is there time for paraprofessionals to receive the training and support they need to work with children and students on IEPs.
Even more rare is professional development with practical strategies that can be applied to all of the students in the district…from Pre-K through 12th grade.
Now is the time to invest in an entire workforce… a workforce who holds the key to successful inclusion of all children and students.
In-depth Paraproffessional Training
Four recorded trainings with Dr. Julie Causton & Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. Each session is from 45 to 90 minutes in length with prompts for reflection, discussion, and even when to take a screen break.
A Variety of Learing Tools
Video, audio recordings, transcripts, key PPT slides, AND a packet of handouts with practical printables for each session.
Instant access to a private Facebook Group for networking with paraprofessionals from all over the world.
so you can get up to speed before diving into each of the four sessions.
Certificate of Completion
You receive 5 competency credits or 10 hours.
Lifetime access to practical PreK-12 tips!
Recording where we’ve answered every common question you have around the material, like why aren’t paras invited to IEP meetings?
A Library of Related Resources
so you have additional material to explore and learn from other blogs, podcasts, videos, etc.
Sample from the Course
Graphic records for the key ideas for each session.
Going Beyond the Labels
Helping Kids Become Independent
Decoding the ABCs of the IEP
Dealing with Big Emotions
Can I use this series for training several paraprofessionals?
No- you need to purchase the number of seats for the number of paraprofessionals accessing the content.
Yes- with the district license, you can use this entire series and everything in it for training your district.
Can I print and share handouts and/or resources from the course with others?
No- an individual seat is only for individual use. You would need to purchase the number of seats for the number of paraprofessionals accessing the handouts.
Yes – you don’t need additional permission to share any of the handouts and resources from the course with others
Can I share pieces or whole parts of the training videos with others?
No. Only if they have purchased a seat.
Yes. All of the videos can be shared with anyone in your district.
Can I use the course to on-board new paras to the district?
No. You would need to purchase new seats each year for the number of paraprofessionals that are new.
Yes. Many districts are using this training to on-board paraprofessionals each year.
Can I pull out just pieces or parts of the series and share it with general education teachers so they better understand how to work with and support paraprofessionals?
No- an individual seat is only for individual use. You would need to purchase the number of seats for the number of other educators you want to use the content with.
Yes. All of the educators and paraprofessionals in your district can have access to all of the content.
“Thank you…this class was awesome! It re-enforced things I already do, and showed me how to improve my actions.”
When does the class begin and end?
You can start any time and will have immediate access to course content. That means you can move through the course at your own pace and even save it for the next school year. You have lifetime access to the course content.
How much time should I give them credit for or pay them for?
First add up the amount of time across all 4 courses and then estimate how many of the related materials you would like to use. Districts vary from giving paraprofessionals 10 hours – 140 hours depending upon if they would like them to do the activities. Then you can add even more time if you are expecting them to read the book.
Will the content be updated?
Yes, we update.
Does the book come with the course?
No, but we can bundle the book and the course by…
How can I get employer support to enroll?
- Discuss the knowledge you will gain from participating and how it will benefit your work, organization/district, colleagues, and the children/students you serve specifically.
- Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A session to your colleagues to share what you learn, so others in your work setting can benefit.
- Make a list of goals you will accomplish and how achieving them will be an asset to your work and help promote inclusion.
You can also download and use the following template to write an email to your employer:
Dear INSERT name of employer or supervisor,
In order to be more effective in promoting inclusion and teaching students with diverse abilities in our district, I’d like to take an online series taught by inclusion experts Dr. Julie Causton and Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak.
This online series will give me the skills I need to:
- See children and students from a place of strengths
- Ensure children and students are more independent
- Play a meaningful role in the development of IFSPs/IEPs
- Support children and students with behaviors that are challenging
The overall outcome of this course is to increase my effectiveness as a paraprofessional from PreK-12 and boost student engagement, which I know are values of our district.
The online series, which includes four topical sessions and 24/7 access to a community of other paraprofessionals from across the world is only $379.00. The course dashboard will include the recorded videos, audio only files, transcripts, key PPT slides to print, and session-by-session handout packets with all the practical tools I can use and reuse.
There are options for registering multiple paraprofessionals at a time if you prefer to have a group of us take the training together. You can read more about what’s included here.
Thank you for considering my request,
INSERT your name
Will this align with PBIS?
Yes, it is compatible with PBIS. It fits within the work of humanistic behavioral supports.
Is this only for inclusive settings?
No, this is for paraprofessionals who work in a variety of settings. However, we do have a preference for inclusive practices throughout.
What do I get when I enroll?
You will receive a welcome email that will outline everything you need to know.
You will also receive an email that gives you immediate access to the course dashboard and ALL the content.
You will be invited to a private FaceBook group too!
I need to purchase the on-demand series for a group of paraprofessionals, does this have to be done individually?
No. You can purchase for a group of any size using a district credit card or purchase order. After your purchase you’ll then be asked to share the names and emails of each of the participants. We’ll take it from there. If you want to use a purchase order, contact Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak directly.
How long do I have access to the sessions?
Participants have lifetime access to the course dashboard, which includes the recorded videos, audio only files, transcripts, key PPT slides to print, and session-by-session handout packets with all the practical tools to use and reuse.
We don’t have paraprofessionals-- we have aides, one-on-ones etc.
Yes, people call paraprofessionals different things – need to tell them this is for one-on-one aides, resource room paras, general education paras, teaching assistants, teaching aides, educational assistants, educational assistants etc.