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Enhancing the Skills of Paraeducators Second Edition is a video-assisted training program designed to enhance the basic knowledge and performance skills of paraeducators (paraprofessionals). ESP covers a wide variety of instructional situations for K-12 age students with a range of disabilities.

Subject matter is organized into 5 units of instruction with lessons focusing on general skills for paraeducators. After watching the videos, paraeducators participate in exercises and discussion guided by the facilitator. The curriculum is easily adaptable to meet local needs and policies and addresses the training of paraeducators, as required by the 1997 amendment to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Unit 1 Overview
Unit 1 Lesson 1 Principles for Education Students with Disabilities
Unit 1 Lesson 4 The Least Restrictive Environment for Students with Disabilities
*Thank you for your interest in the ESP Program. We are pleased to be able to provide this on-line excerpt from the Paraeducator's Manual. It is our hope that this information will provide you with a brief overview of the ESP Program. Please call us at 1-877-722-3991 with any questions. We would love to hear from you!
6 ESP workbooks with video

The program includes:

  • One 273 page Facilitator's Manual
  • One 43 page Facilitator's Guide
  • Five 273 page Paraeducator's Manuals
  • Five 20 question unit tests available to instructor
  • Seven group exercises
  • 10 application exercises
  • 143 minutes of video exercises
  • 72 video exercises
"What I like best about these programs is that each one is comprehensive and content specific, yet user friendly. ESP, ASSET, and 'Colleagues' provide a wealth of training material geared directly to their audiences. The videos really enhance the learning experience; they provide for terrific discussion."

-Anna Lou Pickett, Director, National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals

"I like the videotape component of ESP because it shows actual examples of special education...I haven’t had anyone give me negative feedback."

-David Hoyt, Brookings School District #5-1

"ESP is user-friendly. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to use it."

-Sheri Helterbrand, Hopewell SERRC

"The Paraeducators have received the ESP training very positively"

-Robert Charlton, Tri District Special Services