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Paraeducator-Teacher Teams

Through high-quality professional supports, paraeducators and teachers can build stronger and more effective relationships that positively impact student outcomes.
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Building Winning Teams

To ensure student success, it is critical that teachers and paraeducators understand their roles and responsibilities, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and respect one another in the process. 

That’s why we're in the process of developing Building Winning Teams: Effective Paraeducator-Teacher Teams (BWT), a professional learning opportunity focused on creating effective paraeducator-teacher teams. BWT allows for paraeducator and teacher collaboration through eight in-person sessions offered by an NEA state or local affiliate, usually in partnership with a local school or district.  

A look closer...

The BWT training package will equip state affiliate staff and local leaders with the materials and tools to facilitate professional learning opportunities for members in their state.  
What’s included: A facilitator’s guide, PowerPoint slides and notes, handouts, and more! 

Module topics: 

  • The components of collaborative teams 
  • Establishing a shared vision 
  • Roles and responsibilities 
  • Effective communication 
  • Professional relationships 
  • Problem solving 
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Professionalism and ethics.  

While the training consists of an eight-session facilitated course, individual sessions can be used as stand-alone professional learning opportunities. 

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Pursue NEA Micro-credentials
This digital learning opportunity allows paraeducator-teacher teams to demonstrate competency in areas related to the components of effective teams, roles and responsibilities, effective communication, problem-solving, and conflict management. Learn more.


Building Winning Teams Micro-Credentials

Take on this stack of seven micro-credentials to learn best practices for building stronger and more effective paraeducator-teacher teams in order to positively impact student outcomes.
National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.