Unlocking Your Para Potential

Saturday, March 7, 2015

with Christopher L. Hobson, ParaPotential

Sponsored by SERESC

Who Should Attend:

Paraprofessionals and other support personnel

About the Presentation:

This half-day (3-hour) workshop is designed to motivate and inspire paraprofessionals to be their best. It gives them tools to use to ramp up their game and strategies for avoiding and resolving conflict. Supported by a multi-media presentation, Unlocking Your Para Potential will guide paras toward being stronger contributors in their schools and works to inspire paraprofessionals to support an atmosphere of cooperation, collaboration and learning that will lead to greater success for students.

Unlocking Your Para Potential is appropriate for paraprofessionals of all grade levels. It includes an up-beat mix of topical and thought-provoking lecture as well as engaging Coffee Talks (group discussions and engaging activities). Attendees will also walk away with a Tool Kit, which includes guides, further resources, and a variety of other tools to help paras be more effective, more involved, and more professional.

Topics covered include:

  • The rewards and challenges of being a paraprofessional.
  • The differentiation of roles between paras and teachers.
  • How to get off on the right foot with classroom teachers and case managers.
  • Capitalizing on strengths.
  • Goal-setting.
  • Making the most of non-contact time.
  • Getting involved within the school community.
  • Para PD.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Conflict avoidance and conflict resolution.


As a result of attending , participants will:

  1. Motivate themselves to be more effective paraprofessionals.
  2. Implement tools to better manage their roles and functions.
  3. Increase their awareness regarding confidentiality.
  4. Use strategies to initiate conflict avoidance and conflict resolution techniques.


8:00-8:30 Check-In

8:30 Program Begins-Introduction

8:45 Para Perceptions and Coffee Talk – Advantages and Challenges of Being a Paraprofessional

9:15 Teacher vs Para Roles

9:25 Getting Off on the Right Foot with Teachers and Case Managers

9:40 Unlocking Your Para Potential – Topics: Capitalizing on Your Strengths, Setting Goals, Getting Proactive, Using Non-Contact Time, Becoming Included

10:20 Break

10:35 Coffee Talk – Para Professional Development

10:45 Confidentiality and Conflict Avoidance/Conflict Resolution

11:30 Coffee Talk, Conclusion, Q & A

About the Presenter:

B.A. Elementary Education

36 years of teaching experience in US and overseas

Assistant Principal

K-8 Writing Facilitator

Currently a one-on-one SpEd paraprofessional

Presenter at local/state/national/international schools and educators’ conferences and in college classrooms

Saturday, March 7, 2015


Check in starts at 8:00

Breakfast at SERESC

Certificate of Attendance available for 3 Contact Hours

$75.00 per participant

For Member District Discount: See your school district administrator for a code to use when you register online.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation should be made in writing. A full refund will be made for cancellations postmarked, or sent via email, 7 days before the event.

No refunds will be given for requests received after 7 days before the event, or for "no shows". We do accept substitution of another person at our conference. 24 hours of notification is appreciated.

All received registrations are subject to Cancellation/Refund policy. Cost of registration fee is still liable whether payment is paid or unpaid, if no notice of cancellation is received at least 7 days prior to the event.

If minimum requirement enrollment is not met prior to the early registration deadline, the event may be postponed or canceled.


SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


Our mission is to inspire innovation and excellence in education and professional practice, and our vision is for helping organizations and individuals achieve their greatest potential as they learn, lead and grow. Our core values are innovation, excellence, integrity, and service.

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