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Training and Staff Development

This page offers training and staff development tools and resources. If you want to know more about the requirements under NCLB, please visit the NCLB Information page.

Where to begin?

As a paraprofessional, are you familiar not only with your role and responsibilities, but also with the roles and responsibilities of those working with you? The competencies you must meet are based on a set of Guiding Principles determined by the Minnesota Paraprofessional Consortium.

Guiding Principles for Minnesota Paraprofessionals


Core instructional Competencies

To be competent in a job, an individual must have knowledge, skills, and abilities to do all that is expected and required. The competencies are statements that indicate the knowledge and skills needed for instructional paraprofessionals to work successfully in educational settings.

Core Instructional Competencies (pdf version)

Supplemental Downloads for Instructional Competencies


Skills Inventory (pdf version)

This inventory is an initial planning guide for paraprofessionals and is designed to assist you in assessing your level of preparedness for the tasks related to each core competency. If completed, it will provide an overview of competency preparedness that can be used by paraprofessionals and districts as a general guide from which to plan professional development.

Paraprofessional Portfolio
(pdf version)



The Paraprofessional Portfolio includes the forms and instructions necessary for meeting the documentation requirements for indicating competency in the Core Areas.

Specialized Competencies

In addition to the core competencies, the following competencies are expected of paraprofessionals working in specialized positions.

Specialized Competency Areas

Title III Language Proficiency Requirements for Paraprofessionals

Paraprofessionals in districts receiving Title III funds assisting in instruction must be proficient in English and any language used for instruction, including having reading, written and oral communication skills. To see if you must meet special requirements in this area, download the following:

Title III Language Proficiency Requirements


Tour the Para eLink Online Training Program

Para eLink is a competency and web-based system of preparing paraprofessionals. Para eLink assists school districts in meeting the requirements for current paraprofessionals. Take a Tour of Para eLink (PPT). This will download the presentation to your desktop where you can click on it and view the PowerPoint presentation. You need Powerpoint to run this tour. After opening the presentation go to the "Slide Show" menu at the top of your Powerpoint screen and select "View Show." The presentation is self-timed and takes about 3 minutes to view.


Posters for Paraprofessionals

Artwork for your classroom or office that is both fun to look at and educational. Our new series of posters includes valuable teaching tips and reminders for paraprofessionals.

Take me to the Poster Page!

Facilitator Section

Interested in becoming a facilitator?

Facilitators are an important component to ensuring successful paraprofessional training. Anyone interested in becoming a facilitator should participate in this special training session. Facilitators should be people who conduct staff development, direct the work of paraprofessionals, or teacher in higher education. Facilitators should have sufficient knowledge and experience to document whether or not paraprofessionals achieve certain competencies.

If you are asking, "How can I become a Trainer of Paraprofessionals in your district using Para eLink?" Here's how...

The Regional Low Incidence Facilitators (RLIF) across the state are scheduling training for Trainers of Paraprofessionals for districts. If you would like more information about how you too can become a Trainer please call your RLIF contact listed on the following download:

RLIF Contacts (pdf version)

Facilitator Guide

Para eLink: A Guide for Facilitators (pdf version)

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