Training for Paraprofessionals


August 29, 2017

9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Registration 8:30 am)

Ralph Engelstad Arena - Imperial Room 525 Brooks Ave N - Thief River Falls, MN 56701

9:00 – 11:00 (Mental Health and Behavior Modification/Interventions)

Kyle Erickson – Director of Special Education – Northwest RIC

Kim Johnson – Director of Special Education – Thief River Falls School District

Positive relationships are a powerful intervention.  The students who need those relationships the most can be the hardest ones to connect with.  This presentation will focus on working with students who present
challenging behaviors.  Proactive, positive-based strategies and interventions for supporting behavior change will be discussed.

11:00 – 12:30 (Academic Supports)

Jake Seuntjens – Education Specialist - Northwest Service Cooperative

Whether working in a one-on-one capacity or supporting groups of students to reinforce previously taught concepts, paras have a great opportunity to impact the academic success of students.  This session will cover best practices in supporting students in attending to academic content and learning new material. We will cover accommodations addressing the practice of changing the ways students demonstrate their learning and how the information is accessed, as well as modifications of the curriculum and the need for changing what the student is expected to learn.

12:30 – Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 – Communications between Para’s and Teachers

Gina Drellack – Education Specialist – Northwest Service Cooperative

Paraprofessionals and teachers work together for student success. Like any good partnership, communication is crucial to accomplishing and continuing this. And, like any cooperative effort, good communication unfortunately doesn’t happen magically. In this session participants will learn approaches for an intentional atmosphere of partnership with heart through communication, appreciation, and assertiveness.

Fee: $40/NCEC members; $65/non-members (Includes refreshments/lunch/handouts)

Registration deadline: August 5, 2015

Register online at: (click calendar, workshop date, click “register here online”)

For more information, please contact: Barb Nelson -

Cancellations: Required at least three days prior to the scheduled workshop or schools will be billed.

Confirmation email: A confirmation email will be sent to all registered participants prior to the workshop, make sure that you enter a valid email address that you check during the summer months.

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Barb Nelson
Phone: 218-681-0900 ext, 105


Ralph Engelstad Arena
525 Brooks Ave N
Thief River Falls, MN 56701The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.