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Professional Learning

Building Winning Teams: Effective Paraeducator-Teacher Teams - Micro-credentials

This stack of seven micro-credentials examines best practices for building stronger and more effective paraeducator-teacher teams in order to positively impact student outcomes.

At a Glance

Through a Professional Growth Continuum, the time and skills of ESPs can be maximized for the benefit of the whole school community.


  • Peer Mentoring & Collaboration
  • Positive School Environments


  • Educators will learn and apply the components for effective teamwork, including how to define and delineate roles and responsibilities, the characteristics of effective teams, communication skills, problem solving, the five “knows” of collaborative teamin
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National Education Association

Last Updated: July 17, 2020


Audience Role

  • Affiliate


  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School

Session Length

Approx. 15 hours per micro-credential

Session Format


Individual micro-credential topics include: 

  • Defining and Delineating Roles and Responsibilities 
  • Communication Styles 
  • Conflict Management 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • The 7-Step Problem Solving Process
  • Characteristics of Effective Teams
  • The Five “Knows” of Collaborative Teaming 

Teams can be any configuration of paraeducators and teachers who work together regularly in support of support students. Teams may also include other related service providers (e.g., speech-language pathologists, school nurses, transition specialists, school psychologists), although the design of some of the micro-credentials and related artifacts are specific to the partnership between paraeducators and teachers. Each member of the team must submit for the micro-credential independently. The majority of the work requires the involvement of at least two team members (at least one paraeducator and one teacher/related service provider) but, all team members are not required to submit a micro-credential for review. Certain artifacts must be completed independently, while others can be completed as a team (i.e., team members can submit the same artifact). 

NEA Micro-credentials are offered at no cost to NEA members. Non-NEA members will be charged a $125.00 scoring fee per micro-credential at the time of submission. The full list of available NEA micro-credentials can be found at:

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