PDI Courses for Paraprofessionals


The Professional Development Institute is pleased to announce a course specifically created for paraprofessionals. We understand how important it is for paraprofessionals to understand the social and emotional needs of the students they serve. An Introduction to Social-Emotional Learning for Paraprofessionals will help paraprofessionals learn about the guiding principles of social and emotional learning, as well as its five key competencies. Additionally, paraprofessionals will learn the steps involved in addressing social skills deficits, gaining basic tools for helping students cope with stress and anxiety, and understanding the role of equity in social-emotional learning. **Note: This course does not qualify for UCSD graduate-level credit.

PDI wants to help as many paraprofessionals as possible, and so we are offering this one-unit course at an introductory price of only $25. Upon completion of this course, paraprofessionals will receive a Certificate of Completion from PDI. **Note: This course does not qualify for any special discount announced at our website.

Take a look at the topical course outline below. Click here to register for this course. Please note that you have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete this course.

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PDI Course Number: Para101

Click here to access an approval form to submit to your district.

Unit One
  • An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
  • Minding Mindfulness
  • Connecting SEL and Mindfulness Practices to the Classroom
  • Quiz #1
Unit Two
  • Teaching the Intangibles
  • Coaching Students to Manage Everyday Relationships
  • Regulating and Resolving Conflict and Intense Emotions
  • Quiz #2
Unit Three
  • Making the Right Choices
  • Communication is Key
  • Becoming Socially Aware
  • Quiz #3
Unit Four
  • Student Stress and Anxiety
  • Advancing Equity through SEL Best Practices
  • Responsive Classroom Approach and Social-Emotional Learnings
  • Quiz #4
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