Dec 08, 2023
EDUC& 101 - Paraeducator Basics Credits: 3
An introduction to roles and responsibilities of the Paraeducator in the K-12 educational system. Students will explore techniques supporting instruction, professional and ethical practices, positive and safe learning environments, effective communication and teamwork. Includes an overview of techniques of certificated/licensed staff and Paraeducators including alcohol and drug awareness. Previously EDUC 191.
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:
- Compare the distinct roles and responsibilities of the Paraeducator with those of the certificated staff.
- Identify the signs of a safe, positive and culturally inclusive learning environment.
- Demonstrate effective communication techniques and strategies to be used with students, family members, and staff.
- Examine positions of power, privilege and inequity.
- Apply the Washington State Paraeducator Standards to develop a professional development plan.
- Demonstrate the ability to utilize assessments and record data to monitor child growth and development.
- Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to information, ideas and emotions associated with issues of alcohol and drug awareness in the educational environment.
- Use developmental milestones and observations of children’s behavior as a foundation for planning appropriate activities.
- Advocate for strategies that promote the cultural diversity of children, families and their communities.
- Demonstrate effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication.
- Discuss current issues and trends in early childhood education.
- Identify typical and atypical growth and development (cognitive, linguistic, motor, and social).
- Positively support children’s whole development.
- Display a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job.
- Develop rapport and contribute to the work environment as a member of the instructional team.
- Practice ethical and professional standards of conduct.
- Comply with laws (such as IDEA, Section 504, ADA), workplace policies, and procedures in relation to confidentiality, reporting of abuse, discipline, chain of command and delegation and supervision.
- Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
- Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
- Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.
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