Online Training Catalog

Vector Solutions offers a comprehensive catalog of online courses for school district employees. Courses are designed to enhance knowledge and ensure safety in scholastic environments, covering a wide range of topics for principals, teachers, supervisors, librarians, custodians, food service employees and school security personnel. Courses cover the following categories: Emergency Operations Management, Environmental, Health, Human Resources, Library Services, Nutrition Service, School Safety & Behavioral and Transportation.

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Alcohol Abuse on Campus

Alcohol abuse on college and university campuses is a growing problem. Alcohol is brought onto the campus by students, visitors and even faculty and university staff members. It?s estimated that seven out of every ten security related calls on a college campus are alcohol related. This course identifies the negative impact of alcohol use and abuse on a college/university campus; examines some positive steps to control the problem; and discusses the symptoms of abuse and situations that often lead to excessive alcohol consumption on and off campus.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Campus and Community Relations

At the end of this course, the participating student will be able to explain the unique relationship that exists between a college or university and the city, town, village or county that adjoins the campus. Emphasis will be placed on understanding strategies and programs that will help enhance the communication process and promote mutual understanding.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Campus Awareness and Crime Prevention

Campus security officers can spot and avoid dangerous situations by using several practical techniques. This course explains the basic theory of security awareness and discusses the importance of maintaining a high level of awareness while on a college or university campus.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Campus Security Report Writing

This course explains the importance of report writing in the overall campus security function and demonstrates the proper method for gathering information concerning criminal and non-criminal activity on a college campus.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Crime and Incident Scene Protection

The best scene control and processing is a result of a planned approach by everyone involved. This course discusses the importance of protecting the integrity of an incident scene, and demonstrates various methods of searching for and protecting physical evidence.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Critical Incident Response in the School Environment

A critical incident can happen at any moment. When we talk about critical incidents in a school, it?s hard not to think of Columbine or Virginia Tech, but not all critical incidents involve school shootings. Critical incidents can occur on and off campus, how you plan for these incidents is crucial to an effective response.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Physical Security in the School Environment

Over the years, school campuses have taken on a different look. With today’s threat of violence and the ability of students to overcome previous security features, today’s modern school design is partially based on security. This course examines the physical security features that will help campus security officers provide a safe, secure environment for both students and staff.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Fire and Emergency Response Planning

Fires and emergencies happen without warning, and how you plan for these emergencies is crucial to an effective response. This course explains the importance of implementing and practicing a disaster plan on a college or university campus. Emphasis will be placed on planning and the use of a team concept in anticipating and meeting the emergency recovery needs of the college or university.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Legal Responsibilities

The legal responsibilities of a campus security professional continue to expand. This course discusses why it is important for campus security professionals to know that the actions they do or do not take can have legal ramifications for their department as well as for them personally.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Residence Hall Security

Securing a residence hall is no small task. Large numbers of people are entering and leaving on an hourly basis. But by educating the students, and taking proactive steps to increase awareness, you can provide a safe place for your students to live and thrive. This course explains the need for extra security precautions in a residence hall environment, and identifies many of the common security risk situations that develop in a residence hall. It also emphasizes developing an understanding of the importance of prevention as a means of controlling residence hall crime.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Special Events

Providing security for an event is a major task. As you have seen, multiple factors have to be considered for each event. The planning phase is a crucial step and must be taken seriously. This course identifies the importance of planning for special events on a college/university campus and the proper use of the campus resources regarding the protection of life and property. It also emphasizes gathering special intelligence and the subsequent best utilization of campus resources.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


Adjusting to Changing Driving Conditions (EDU)

Environmental conditions that can affect driving include weather, visibility, and road surface quality. All of these require drivers to be able to respond appropriately and adjust their driving performance to make sure the vehicle handles safely under the conditions present.

This course is designed for school district employees and it reviews these environmental conditions and explains the required driver responses to ensure safe vehicle operations.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Bus Drivers: Ergonomics and Avoiding Injury (EDU)

All drivers are exposed to risk factors in their jobs – some less obvious than others. Less obvious risks are ones that drivers are exposed driving a vehicle day after day and accumulate over long periods of time. This course reviews the fundamentals of ergonomics to include RSI’s and MSD and its effects on the occupation of bus drivers.

The need for exercises and stretching is emphasized to reduce repetitive injuries. Poor posture is examined as it pertains to lower back, shoulder and neck injuries. The proper adjustment of the driver’s seat is also reviewed. Special attention is given to the importance of proper bending, reaching and using three points of contact.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Defensive Driving Strategies (EDU)

The number one cause of work-related fatalities in the U.S. is vehicle crashes. A worker is more likely to suffer fatal injury while operating a vehicle than any other job activity. School district personnel are at risk for vehicle crashes, especially if their job requires them to transport students, make deliveries, or just travel to and from work everyday. The need for enhancing safety when driving cannot be understated. Unfortunately, improving one’s own driving ability does not guarantee safety on the roadway. No matter how safe a driver is trained to be, he or she cannot control the behavior of other vehicle operators. Encountering unsafe drivers is an inevitable part of every driver’s experience.

This course is aimed at preparing drivers for encountering potential hazards on the roadway whether they are on the job or off the clock. It follows a three-fold approach by encouraging drivers to anticipate, recognize, and respond to driving hazards. Within this framework, topics covered include principles of defensive driving, the need for driving defensively, practical instruction on how to drive defensively, instruction on maintaining a safety zone perimeter around the driver’s vehicle, and effective stopping distance.

The material in this course is not intended as a replacement of behind-the-wheel training. Rather, it is best used in conjunction with such training, as certain driving tasks require applied practice and instruction.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Distracted Driving (EDU)

A brief gaze at a vehicle accident, a look down to try to read a map, a routine cell phone conversation — these all have the potential to cause a deadly truck accident. According to the NHTSA, 6 to 8.3 million drivers crashed in the past five years as a result of being distracted.

This course examines the problem of distracted driving and offers solutions and prevention measures for avoiding accidents due to distracted driving. Recent case studies are also presented along with a discussion of the lessons that can be learned from each.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Driver Safety Orientation (EDU)

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of incidental deaths among U.S. workers. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics more than 2,000 deaths a year are attributed to occupational motor vehicle accidents. This represents more than 30% of annual work-related fatalities.

Preventing work-related roadway crashes requires strategies that combine traffic safety principles and sound safety management practices. Although drivers cannot control roadway conditions, they can practice safe driving behavior by attending periodic driver training and following all motor vehicle safety laws and organizational policies regarding driver safety. This course highlights the steps school district drivers can take to protect themselves on the job.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Driving Accidents & Emergencies (EDU)

This course provides guidance for employees who drive vehicles on the job, describing post-accident procedures such as who to call, what information to provide and collect, and what forms to complete. Information is also provided on what employee drivers can expect during the accident investigation that will be carried out by their organization and what corrective actions could be recommended to prevent similar accidents in the future.

The course also discusses strategies for responding safely to unexpected vehicle emergencies, such as a mechanical failure. Equipping a vehicle with an accident kit and emergency supplies is also part of the recommended preparation strategies as well as some tips on preventing the major causes of accidents and emergencies.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Large Vehicle Characteristics (EDU)

Large vehicles, such as school buses, have unique dimensions and mechanical components. Because of these unique features, not all vehicles handle the same. Drivers should understand these differences before getting behind the wheel, especially when it comes to driving a school bus.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Passenger Van Safety (EDU)

There is growing concern regarding the safety of 15-passenger vans and the injuries and fatalities that can result. In fact, between 2000 and 2005, NHTSA has issued 4 safety warnings on these vehicles. Fifteen-passenger vans are more likely to be involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash than any other type of vehicle. Between 1990 and 2002, there were 1,576 fatal crashes involving 15-passenger vans. Compounding this problem, the rate of safety belt use among occupants of 15-passenger vans is very low compared to those in other types of vehicles, increasing the likelihood of severe injury and fatality.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Safe Use of Utility Vehicles (EDU)

Utility carts are unquestionably useful in schools and athletic facilities. Utility carts look harmless and easy to master, but in reality, mishaps are common. In Safe Use of Utility Vehicles, you will explore general information about utility carts, including their features, proper maintenance, and driver training. You will also review rules for safe operation, including guidelines you should observe when driving, parking, and charging a utility cart. Finally, the course covers basic safety procedures, including assessing route conditions, yielding to pedestrians, and reporting accidents.

This course doesn’t replace any hands-on training your district may require. Your supervisor can tell you whether you need additional training. Ultimately, you are responsible for safely operating any utility cart you drive.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

School Bus Behavior and Discipline (EDU)

Student transportation involves much more than simply shuttling students from one destination to the next. The driver is responsible for making sure not only that he or she drives safely but also that students follow the school’s bus riding policies and stay safe. This task of managing student behavior is often reported to be the most challenging aspect of a driver’s responsibilities. Yet, it is also one of the most important tasks, because of the many risk factors involved not least in terms of overall safety and liability.

In recognition of the importance of fostering a positive and safe environment for students and drivers, this course approaches the subject of behavior and discipline from a team perspective, one in which drivers, other school transportation employees, school administrators, students, and parents all play a role. Focused attention is also placed on understanding the unique factors relating to managing students of different ages and abilities, including those with special needs. Other topics covered include common school bus policies, the importance of communication, and strategies for avoiding and resolving conflict.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Special Education Transportation: Handling Needs on Mixed Buses (EDU)

Over 6.6 million children and youth ages 3 through 21 receive special education services. That?s about 13% of all public-school students. One of the great challenges our public-school systems must face on a daily basis is the need to transport individuals with disabilities. This is compounded by the fact that those with special needs are often transported with their non-disabled peers. To ensure the safety of all concerned, many factors must be considered, and thorough training is of the utmost importance.

The purpose of this course is to provide guidance to administrators, educators, and transportation staff so they can better understand the types of disabilities they may encounter, and the services that are available to these students. You should familiarize yourself with this information prior to developing or implementing standard policies and procedures, or taking on the responsibility of managing transportation for students with special needs on mixed buses.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Special Education Transportation: Laws and Regulations (EDU)

When the disabling condition of a student is such that the student requires special transportation services in order to access instructional programing in an education institution, it is the legal responsibility of the State Education Agency/Local Education Agency to provide such special transportation services to meet the individual needs of the student. Through this course, you will be provided with a legislative overview of transportation for students with disabilities, as well as address some of the specific transportation obligations required of state and local education agencies.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Special Education Transportation: Lifts and Mobility Equipment (EDU)

With varying disabilities ranging from mild learning disabilities to severe physical and intellectual disabilities, transportation for students with special needs has grown to encompass various options that consider the mobility of the student and the corresponding equipment that accommodates the students.

This interactive, online course will discuss the standards and regulations governing the safe transportation of individuals with disabilities. It will cover some of the equipment and assistive devices used by individuals with disabilities. It will also cover guidelines and procedures for safely transporting disabled students.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Special Education Transportation: Types of Disabilities and Special Needs (EDU)

This course explores the different types of special needs that transportation staff might encounter. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), disabilities are classified into 13 categories. They are Autism, Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health-Impaired Disability, Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment. To meet the needs of students, and to keep them safe, knowledge of these disabilities and communication with family and school staff are paramount.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Special Education Transportation: Transportation Problems (EDU)

Given the wide spectrum of student needs and the varying demographics of communities, challenges are bound to arise for both school districts and parents. This course discusses the most common challenges faced when transporting students with disabilities.

Designed to provide guidance, not to be overgeneralized, this course presents how to best support those involved in making decisions regarding the best interests of students when transporting to and from school.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)


Food Safety, Foodborne Illness & Kitchen Sanitation (EDU)

This course aims to focus attention on ways of enhancing food safety in school environments. Topics such as common symptoms of foodborne illness and what components are required in a comprehensive school food safety program are covered in detail. In addition, practical strategies are discussed for preventing foodborne illness at each stage of the food preparation process, from receiving food deliveries to preparing meals to serving them, with attention also given to school’s legal responsibilities.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Food Service General Safety (EDU)

In this course we discuss general safety conditions and practices in a school kitchen. The course will take you through actual conditions and practices in a school that can lead to accidents and injuries. The course is intended to increase your awareness level of conditions and practices so that you might avoid becoming an accident statistic.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Food Services Proper Lifting (EDU)

The purpose of this module is to increase your safety awareness level of the potential hazards associated with lifting in a school cafeteria. The information contained in this module is based on actual assessment, including interviews with key Food Services personnel and evaluation of claims data in several school districts.

We ask you to please pay attention to the various situations presented in this module to see if they apply to you, or exist in your cafeteria. Then determine what best management safety practices can be put in place to prevent injuries to you and your coworkers.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

School Meal Compliance (EDU)

School meal compliance has become an essential part of the school district environment. In 1994, The United States Department of Agriculture developed the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children, otherwise known as SMI, which aimed to establish nutrition standards for the meals served in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

The School Meals Initiative was designed to improve the nutritional quality of school meals by following the research-based nutrition recommendations found in the Recommended Dietary Allowances, the nutrient standards for school meals, and The Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Several states have adopted federal school meal compliance laws in conjunction with their own regulations. The state of California will be used as an example whenever there is a notable discrepancy between state and federal laws regarding school meal compliance.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


Child Abuse: Mandated Reporter Training for California (EDU)

By law all school district employees must report any suspected incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of students. This course will cover signs that a child may be in an abusive situation and explain how to respond if you suspect a child is being abused, neglected, or exploited. It will also discuss appropriate ways to interact with students and what to do if a fellow staff member seems to be acting inappropriately.

This course is designed to provide annual training for employees who are mandated reporters under AB1432.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Ethics in the Workplace (EDU)

Ethics means simply knowing the difference between right and wrong and doing the right thing. However, this is not always easy in the workplace, as the lines between right and wrong can be blurred. And doing the ethical thing when others, especially those in power, aren’t doing what’s ethical can be extremely difficult. In our ever-changing society, ethics is something that must be a part of the working world, whether the setting is corporate, medical, educational, or governmental.

This course focuses on ways to incorporate ethical principles into the workplace in order to create a more positive atmosphere for both employees and employers.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Introduction to Understanding the Basics of LGBT Identities (EDU)

Every day, LGBT students are the target of school bullies, and LGBT adults, as well, are confronted with discrimination in their workplace and lives. Tolerance and equality for the LGBT community has seen great strides over the past decade, but abusive behaviors and prejudices still exist.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of what it means to be an LGBT person and describes ways to provide positive change. It also helps explain the various identities, language, and terms used within the LGBT community. Appreciation and respect for one another, not only for our similarities but for our differences, is the goal.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Introduction to Understanding the Rights of LGBT Students (EDU)

Educators have a unique and powerful ability to impact a student’s life in a positive way. In addition to delivering quality education to students, understanding the needs and rights of LGBT students is critical.

Many LGBT students report coming out to a trusted adult who made them feel comfortable and safe. Teachers can take on this role, as well as preventing bullying and reducing depression and anxiety in LGBT students. Teachers are in the ideal role to become not just allies, but also advocates for LGBT students, as well as models for all students and staff. In this course, educators will learn how to create a safe and supportive environment for LGBT students.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Maintaining Professional Staff/Student Boundaries (EDU)

School district employees must maintain a professional and ethical relationship with students that foster an effective and safe learning environment. The interactions and relationships between staff members and students should be based upon mutual respect and trust, an understanding of the appropriate boundaries between adults and students in and outside of the educational setting.

In order to maintain professional relationships, staff members must establish appropriate personal boundaries with students. They must not engage in any behavior that could reasonably lead to the appearance of impropriety. Appropriate personal conduct with students must be a priority for all school district staff members.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Preventing Sexual Harassment: Students (EDU)

Our schools are duty-bound to protect students from harm. To follow through on this commitment, all school employees must strive to create and maintain a safe environment for all students as well as foster a positive atmosphere for their learning and well-being.

An important part of this responsibility is protecting students from sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. This course provides an overview of sexual harassment issues that involve students — issues that you might encounter in your own school. Our goal is to provide guidance in how to address such issues, and in how to prevent them in the future.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Sexual Misconduct in Schools (EDU)

The phrase “sexual misconduct may bring to mind sensational media stories involving teachers and students. However, sexual misconduct can involve all types of staff members. This misconduct has included administrators, support staff members, bus drivers, volunteers, and more. A pervasive problem, it crosses all job titles throughout our school systems, damaging the health and well-being of our students, schools, and overall communities.

Students, due to their youth, are naturally vulnerable and may benefit from extra attention. Staff members spend a great deal of time interacting with students and guiding them. As these relationships are fostered and built over time, trust is gained. When staff members intentionally act in a sexual manner with a student, they are abusing this position of trust.

This course is intended to bring to light the professional expectations and the standard of care that must be adhered to by school staff in matters of sexual misconduct.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Spanish Version - Mandated Reporter Training for California (EDU)

By law all school district employees must report any suspected incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of students. This course will cover signs that a child may be in an abusive situation and explain how to respond if you suspect a child is being abused, neglected, or exploited. It will also discuss appropriate ways to interact with students and what to do if a fellow staff member seems to be acting inappropriately.

Por ley, todos los empleados del distrito escolar deben informar cualquier sospecha de incidentes de abuso, negligencia o explotacion de estudiantes. Este curso cubrira las se?ales de que un ni?o puede estar en una situacion abusiva y le explicara como responder si sospecha que un ni?o esta siendo maltratado, descuidado o explotado. Tambien discutira formas apropiadas de interactuar con los estudiantes y que hacer si un miembro del personal parece estar actuando de manera inapropiada.

Course Duration: 0.66 Hour(s)

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct (EDU)

This course will help you develop the expertise needed to fulfill the requirements of Title IX in a K-12 setting.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Identify key concepts and behaviors associated with Title IX
  • Distinguish fact from fallacy associated with sexual misconduct
  • Identify red flags that indicate Title IX violations
  • Recognize the legal consequences of ignoring Title IX violations
  • Explain how to respond to and investigate a complaint of sexual misconduct under Title IX
  • Summarize the steps that a school district can take to be Title IX compliant

Course updates reflect the new Title IX rule effective August 14, 2020

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Title IX in Higher Education: Sexual Misconduct (EDU)

This course provides  an overview of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the scope of Title IX
  • Recognize the need to comply with Title IX provisions for sexual misconduct
  • Identify key concepts and behaviors associated with Title IX  
  • Describe what constitutes sexual misconduct under the August 2020 Rule  
  • Explain the reporting and investigation processes associated with sexual misconduct incidents
  • Define employee roles that pertain to Title IX accountability
  • Explain the need for proper response and training to meet Title IX compliance

 Course updates reflect the new Title IX rule effective August 14, 2020

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Workplace Diversity (EDU)

Due to our country’s rapid growth and ever-changing diverse population, organizations are realizing that their strength in the marketplace is linked to their ability to attract a culturally diverse workforce. Cultural diversity can strengthen an organization’s own values and enhance community awareness. Unfortunately, discrimination still occurs.

The goals of this program are to promote awareness and encourage tolerance, describe strategies to create a positive and accepting work environment, and to highlight the steps to take should discrimination occur.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Occupational Health & Safety

Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (EDU)

Due to their high populations and high levels of exposure, schools are breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria. School district employees need to be vigilant when it comes to infection control. This course discusses aerosol transmissible diseases and how to detect and protect yourself from such illnesses. It also provides information about the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Disease standard and how it applies to school districts.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Asbestos Safety (EDU)

Your school building and campus may have structural components that contain asbestos, especially if they’re older structures. Because asbestos is a toxic substance that can cause cancer years after exposure, living safely with asbestos is necessary for the health and well-being of anyone who enters and uses school facilities – students, teachers, support staff, volunteers and parents.

Teachers and support staff have the special responsibility of practicing and enforcing asbestos safety. This course reviews asbestos health risks and introduces safety basics and management.

Course Duration: 2 Hour(s)

Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest (EDU)

This course will define sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and explain how it is a leading cause of death among young athletes.

SCA risk factors and warning signs will be discussed, as will proper response techniques to include CPR and AED use. The importance of proper emergency training, along with a pre-emergency plan of action, will enable first responders to act quickly when seconds matter.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls (EDU)

Preventing slips, trips, and falls is not difficult or time consuming. Most of the dangers that lead to them are preventable, once you?re aware of what to look for, and some simple steps can be taken to ensure that the school environment is safe from hazards that could result in potentially dangerous situations. These steps are outlined in the safety policies and procedures of your school district and will also be discussed throughout this course. By studying this course and through responsible practices on school grounds, teachers and school staff can prevent accidents and reduce the risk of injury resulting from slips, trips, and falls.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Back Injury Prevention (EDU)

The back is the most injury-prone part of the body, but all back injuries are preventable. Back injury incidents rank near the top of all occupational work injuries. These injuries can result in pain, lost work time, inconvenience, and possible disability. This course highlights techniques for protecting and strengthening the back. This training course has 6 learning modules with a ten-question exam.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Bloodborne Pathogens Safety (EDU)

For school district employees, exposure to bloodborne pathogens sometimes cannot be avoided. In caring for an injured child, administering shots, helping a child needing bathroom care, or even simply picking up broken glass, you may be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM). This means that you may also be exposed to bloodborne pathogens. The primary agents of concern employees exposed to bloodborne pathogens in the educational setting are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV).

This training module does not replace the requirement of employers to develop an Exposure Control Plan and provide training to employees on the plan and local protocols.In addition to federal OSHA standards, some state agencies have developed additional guidance on bloodborne pathogens. The State of California, for example, provides additional guidance and requirements pertaining to bloodborne pathogen regulations. Throughout this course, we will use the California regulations as an example of differences between state and federal regulations.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Breaking Up Student Fights (EDU)

Every school’s goal is to help students learn, teach effective problem-solving skills, ensure academic success, and improve interpersonal skills. However, there is one more major role that teachers and school staff will inevitably be called upon to play, breaking up student fights.

This course will help you understand how to intervene in student fights without becoming a victim yourself. The information presented in this course will reinforce the importance of training and following existing school procedures already in place and will teach you how to safely defuse a student fight should one occur.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

California Integrated Pest Management (EDU)

This course will teach anyone working with California schools how to successfully implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in your school.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the key purpose of an IPM program and why this is particularly important in a school setting
  • Explain the essential components of an IPM program, including the roles of the IPM coordinator and school staff
  • Describe pests commonly encountered in a school setting and some solutions for dealing with them
  • Explain best practices and principles for pest prevention and control at school sites
  • Describe federal and state requirements that pertain to implementing an IPM program in California Schools

Course Duration: 1.5 Hour(s)

*This course meets the California Healthy Schools Act Integrated Pest Management annual training requirements and has been approved as an accepted third party training course by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Classroom Safety - Special Education (EDU)

Working with students with special needs can be extremely rewarding, but can also be extremely intense. Preparing for a safe classroom environment begins long before the first day
of school and involves a collaborative group effort by many individuals within the school. In this course, you’ll learn how to prevent staff injuries by becoming more aware of students, the classroom, and good safety practices. Topics covered include everyday safety, using safer communication skills, and avoiding classroom injuries.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Computer Security Awareness (EDU)

Due to the rapid growth of computer technology and the increase in potential online threats, computer security must be understood by every user. Failure to fully comprehend these issues can lead to loss of data and theft of personal and financial information. The increasing importance of computer technology and the information contained and transmitted by computers used both at work and at home make it essential for every computer user to learn about computer security, the problems computer usage can present, and the actions that can prevent breaches in computer security.

This training is specifically designed for all school employees to increase computer safety awareness, ensure online security, and protect all valuable information stored on computers.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Crossing Guard Safety (EDU)

School crossing guards have a tremendous responsibility to their school district. Not only do they have to help keep students safe, but they also help students develop the skills necessary to cross the street safely. School crossing guards provide a service to schools, parents, and the community as a whole.

This course will examine the various elements of being a school crossing guard by focusing on the responsibilities of the job, the federal standards that apply, common hazards crossing guards face and how to handle them, procedures for crossing students in both normal and emergency situations, and the components of a successful training program.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Electrical Safety (EDU)

Electrical hazards can be present in any environment, even an educational one. Electrical accidents cause many injuries and tragic deaths each year. Common causes include improper use of electrical equipment, unguarded electrical parts, faulty wiring, downed power lines, and, in many cases, human error.

School district employees who do not have a basic understanding of electrical safety can be needlessly exposed to dangers associated with hazardous energy sources. In addition, the servicing and maintenance of equipment may expose school district employees and students to dangers. Annual electrical safety training is vitally important in providing you with the information you need to prevent an electrical accident from happening at your school that may endanger yourself, your fellow employees, or the students.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Emergency Operations Plans in Action (EDU)

In today’s world, we only need to spend one evening watching the news to know that emergencies can happen any place, anytime. Unfortunately, schools are no exception. Having a solid, effective emergency operations plan in place before the need for one arises is essential to maintain a safe, functional environment for staff and students. This course highlights the need for procedures and go about executing them in schools in case of emergency.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Bus Drivers: Evacuating Students with Special Needs (EDU)

As a bus driver or an attendant who assists children with special needs, you perform a wonderful service. You make a tremendous difference in kids’ lives and in your community. Your commitment to these students opens a world of opportunity for them.

What would you do if you had to evacuate your bus in an accident? Are you prepared for that? Are you certain? Once a fire breaks out on the bus, you have 2 minutes until the smoke makes every breath deadly. You must help your passengers with special needs to exit the bus immediately, and safely.

This course will provide you with the basic information you need to prepare a unique plan for your school bus and your students. This course is designed to teach bus drivers and attendants who work with special needs students the basics of effective evacuation policies, strategies and planning.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Everyday Safety in Classrooms (EDU)

This course provides an easy step-by-step guide regarding classroom safety. Developed by an educator who followed these same guidelines, this course offers useful, practical information that for the educational setting. The course is split up into lessons which include definitions, useful tips, practical guides, and helpful strategies. Topics covered include injury prevention, ergonomics, and everyday safety.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

FERPA: Protecting Student Privacy (EDU)

School district staff members often find themselves with lots of confidential information at their fingertips, especially when it comes to students. Since confidential information is often sensitive and needs to remain private, it’s important that school district staff know how to handle this type of information in order to protect student privacy. Of course, the U.S. Department of Education agrees, hence they created the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA for short.

This course covers all aspects of FERPA, including the type of “private” information it pertains to and special exceptions to the law.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Fire Extinguisher Safety (EDU)

Hand portable fire extinguishers are considered to be the first line of fire defense for fires of limited size. They represent the most portable firefighting equipment available and are used primarily to suppress small, initial stage, accessible fires before these fires have the opportunity to grow in size and intensity.

Ultimately, knowledge of fire extinguisher use is an essential part of any school’s fire safety plan. This course focuses on the aspects of fire extinguisher safety ranging from the identification of the different types of extinguishers and the classes of fires they are used for to inspection and maintenance of the fire extinguishers that may exist in your school.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Fire Prevention Safety (EDU)

The standards and regulations written by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Uniform Fire Code, and the National Fire Protection Association identify topics that employees must be familiar with in respect to the prevention of fires and what to do when there is a fire. Supervisors are responsible for providing the information employees need to reduce the risk of a fire at work. However, it is also essential for employees to understand what to do in the event of a fire.

Fire prevention is the term used to take proactive measures to reduce the potential for a fire to start. Every work place will have varying elements in their fire prevention plan. This course explores fire prevention safety by discussing the different types of fires, the different types of fire extinguishers available and how to use them properly, how to report a fire, and emergency instructions and evacuation plans.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

General First Aid Part 1 (EDU)

Illnesses and accidents happen every day in every environment, including school settings. And, the outcome of these illnesses and injuries depends on the severity of the injury and the availability of first aid care and medical treatment. Prompt, properly administered first aid can mean the difference between a rapid or a prolonged recovery, temporary or permanent disability, or even life and death.

It is essential that all school district employees have a comprehensive understanding of first aid because it is the basic medical knowledge that could help save a life, whether it is a student in need or another member of your school’s staff. The many accidents and illnesses that occur in daily life may call for immediate action, and you may be the only one capable of doing it. While first aid will never replace professional medical care, it sometimes can be enough for many minor injuries. For more serious injuries and illnesses, first aid is an important, often vital, step in providing care.

This is Part 1 of a two-part course, General First Aid. This course covers the preliminary steps leading up to delivering care, as well as the emergency procedures for caring for a variety of illnesses, including asthma, stroke, diabetic emergencies, and hypothermia.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

General First Aid Part 2 (EDU)

Illnesses and accidents happen every day in every environment, including school settings. And, the outcome of these illnesses and injuries depends on the severity of the injury and the availability of first aid care and medical treatment. Prompt, properly administered first aid can mean the difference between a rapid or a prolonged recovery, temporary or permanent disability, or even life and death.

It is essential that all school district employees have a comprehensive understanding of first aid because it is the basic medical knowledge that could help save a life, whether it is a student in need or another member of your school’s staff. The many accidents and illnesses that occur in daily life may call for immediate action, and you may be the only one capable of doing it. While first aid will never replace professional medical care, it sometimes can be enough for many minor injuries. For more serious injuries and illnesses, first aid is an important, often vital, step in providing care.

General First Aid Part 2 covers the emergency procedures for caring for injuries, including animal and insect bites, burns, poisonings, sprains and strains, and bleeding.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

General Office Ergonomics (EDU)

Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) are conditions that cause injuries to your joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, or bones, as the result of repetitive motions. Recovery from CTDs can mean several months away from work, due to surgery and/or therapy that is often required to correct CTDs. Luckily, ergonomics provides a solution for CTDs by tailoring your job to fit you, as an individual. Simple ergonomic solutions can be incorporated into any workspace and are essential for helping to prevent or reduce injuries, including CTDs.

This course provides an overview of workplace injuries caused by repetitive stress disorders, along with vital ergonomic practices that can help prevent or reduce harm from CTDs.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Hazmat Spill Prevention & Control (EDU)

Hazardous materials are used every day in schools for maintenance, repair, and cleaning purposes. However, using hazardous materials produces waste and increases risk of injury if contact with one of these hazardous materials occurs. Hazardous materials can be used effectively and safely, if care is taken in its handling, storage, and disposal.

Strict regulations exist on the storage of hazardous materials to avoid fire and injury. Therefore, all school district employees should understand and be aware of hazardous materials handling, storage, and disposal requirements. There are enough hazards associated with handling hazardous materials under a controlled situation, much less under a spill or emergency situation.

A hazardous material spill can be a threat to the safety of the students, the environment, and employees. Users can usually handle small spills because Safety Data Sheets can provide some spill clean-up information. However, larger spills of highly toxic, flammable, or explosive material can cause extensive injury.

In order to keep schools safe, it is essential that school district employees understand the risks associated with contact with hazardous materials as well as ways to properly handle these materials if faced with an event that requires them to do so.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Hearing Conservation (EDU)

Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common occupational diseases and the second most commonly self-reported occupational illness or injury because it can happen so gradually that it often goes unnoticed, and in many instances, hearing loss can be permanent. Alarmingly, most people only associate hearing loss with industries that have field activities, such as drilling and heavy equipment operations, which produce considerable noise. However, this is far from true. Hearing loss is a problem that can be experienced in any field, including schools. The National Hearing Conservation Association labels schools as a health hazard for hearing loss because both school district employees and students are working and learning in environments that have sufficient noise exposure to result in hearing loss.

Ultimately, it is essential for school district employees to understand the dangers of hearing loss and obtain the knowledge of how to protect themselves and students from this occupational disease.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Incident Investigation (EDU)

While on the job, people often engage in unsafe behaviors, such as taking short cuts, operating work vehicles at unsafe speeds, or failing to wear required personal protective equipment. Incident investigations determine how and why these failures occur. By using the information gained through an incident investigation, a similar or more disastrous incident may be prevented.

This course discusses many aspects of incident investigation, including incident prevention, investigative procedures, problem solving techniques, job safety analysis, and how to report an investigation.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Lead Awareness (EDU)

Lead overexposure is a leading cause of workplace illness and can negatively impact both school staff and students. This course will cover background information about lead and its uses in buildings, health effects, regulations, and respiratory protection. Inspection and control methods for lead hazards will be explored as well.

It is possible for schools to contain lead, which may be present in hazardous concentrations in food, water, and air. Sources of lead can include paint, soil, air, and debris disposal. It is essential that all school district employees understand the dangers of lead overexposure and implement the steps suggested to protect themselves and students.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Liability in Sports (EDU)

When students participate in activities, such as sports, there are risks associated with this participation. These risks can differ depending on the location of the activity. It is the responsibility of everyone who oversees these activities to ensure that no harm comes to the participants. Those entrusted to ensure student safety include the school employees and anyone associated with the athletic department. It is also the parent or guardian and student’s responsibility to minimize the possibility of any preventable lawsuits.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Managing Difficult Behaviors (EDU)

This course will enable the school staff professional (K-12) to identify and categorize the various types of student misbehaviors and how to provide positive correction techniques.

Proper analysis of chronic misbehaviors to determine root cause will enable the school professional to develop an effective intervention plan. The goal is to create a positive learning environment for all students and minimize disruptive behaviors.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Personal Protective Equipment (EDU)

School employees can be exposed to many health hazards in the normal course of their daily routines. Accidents can and will happen, and the results can be harmful unless one is properly protected. Employees exposed to any occupational injury or illnesses are at increased risk from all of these hazards, and, as a result, must be aware of the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for certain scenarios. Personal protective equipment can dramatically reduce exposure risk.

The purpose of PPE is to shield or isolate individuals from particular chemical or physical hazards that they may encounter. Personal protective equipment is often the first line of defense in many work activities. Emergency response teams are required to use that same type of equipment to ensure their safety and health remain intact. Personal protective equipment must be provided, used, and maintained when required. This will lessen the likelihood of occupational injury and illness.


Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Planning for an Emergency (EDU)

Although schools need to be equipped to deal with major emergencies such as active shooter events and terror attacks, these types of events are uncommon. Much more common are emergencies such as: injuries and illnesses; fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, or other natural disasters; minor criminal acts; and threatening individuals either inside or outside school grounds.

Schools must be ready to handle all potential emergencies, not just those that are likely to make the evening news. To be properly prepared, a school must develop a solid emergency plan that is tailored to the needs of the school and the community. This course covers what makes an emergency plan effective and the best way to construct an emergency plan.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Playground Safety (EDU)

Each year, more than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with playground equipment. Most injuries occur when a child falls from the equipment onto the ground.

This course focuses on making playgrounds a safer environment for children through ongoing, systematic inspection and maintenance of the playground site, including its layout, its equipment, its surfacing, and its source materials. Such comprehensive inspection and maintenance can prevent the city or institution responsible for the playground from being exposed to unnecessary liability. More importantly, it also makes the playground a safer place for children when coupled with effective supervision and policymaking.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Playground Supervision (EDU)

The playground offers students opportunities to have fun, exercise, and learn relationship skills as they interact with others. Its many benefits can be seen on the faces of happy students at schools all around the country. However, if the playground is not supervised correctly, it can become a very dangerous environment for students.

The training module will provide you an overview of the duties and responsibilities of playground supervisors. The information presented in this module will reinforce the training and existing School procedures already received and help you protect students from injury and harm on school playgrounds.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Preventing Cyberbullying (EDU)

This course will define cyberbullying and discuss its prevalence in school systems from elementary through high school both on and off campus. The harmful effects of cyberbullying will be explained and methods to provide correction will be outlined.

The tools and methods used by cyberbullies will be discussed, as well as helpful guidelines to better protect students and staff while ensuring a positive learning environment.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Proper Lifting (EDU)

The objective of the presentation is to help you learn about lifting and exertion injuries, how back injuries occur, and how you can prevent or avoid a back injury. In this program, we will discuss proper techniques and proper body mechanics during the lifting task.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Proper Lifting Library Operations (EDU)

The objective of this presentation is to increase your awareness of how back injuries occur and how you can prevent or avoid them when working in the library. In this training module, we will discuss proper body mechanics, proper lifting techniques, and using proper material handling practices during lifting.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Proper Use of Seclusion and Restraint (EDU)

Seclusion and restraint are sometimes necessary in special education classrooms. However, they are typically a last resort and if used, educators must adhere to strict district rules and protocols. This course will discuss the proper uses of seclusion and restraint in special education settings and when they would typically be necessary.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Principal’s Recognition of Hazards on a School Campus (EDU)

The objective of this training presentation is to help Principals and Assistant Principals recognize potential hazards that can occur on a school campus and provide information so they can take action to reduce the chance of potential injuries.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Recognizing and Preventing Youth Suicide (EDU)

Teen suicide is the third-leading cause of death for the 15-24 age group and results in about 4600 deaths each year. It’s definitely a growing problem in our society that needs to be addressed. Ultimately, youth suicide can be prevented. Because suicidal youths typically show signs of distress, if the right interventions are made in time, prevention is possible. It’s essential that school district staff become familiar with the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, so students in jeopardy can be helped. Knowing the signs of a student that may be contemplating suicide may help prevent such a drastic action.

Course Duration: 0.75 Hour(s)

Respiratory Protection (EDU)

A respirator is a safety device covering at least the nose and mouth that protects the wearer against hazardous atmospheres. These atmospheres can contain particulates/dusts; vapors and gases; atmospheres that are Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health; physical agents; or biological agents.

This course is designed for school district employees in the event of an emergency that requires use of a respiratory device. The objective of this training course is to provide basic information on the selection, use, and maintenance of respiratory protective devices so that they may be used in a safe and effective manner if a school district employee is faced with a situation that requires use of one of these devices.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Safety in the Science Lab (EDU)

This course is designed to give science teachers and other school staff members an overview of procedures and policies that will ensure safety within their science laboratories. To explore the basics of science lab safety, we’ll examine the following topics: Practices and Procedures, Handling of Chemicals, and Chemical Hygiene Plans.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Science Laboratory: Chemical Spill Safety (EDU)

Potential hazards in a laboratory can include: chemical, biological, physical and radioactive hazards, as well as musculoskeletal stresses. Laboratory safety is governed by numerous local, state and federal regulations. Over the years, OSHA has promulgated rules and published guidance to make laboratories increasingly safe for personnel.

The exposure to some of these laboratory chemicals can cause chemical and biological health effects, which can be a concern. This course introduces chemical spill hazards, proper storage and transportation and appropriate disposal and clean-up.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

School Bullying (EDU)

School bullying is a major problem in our society that is currently on the rise. Each year approximately 47% of students in the United States are estimated to be involved in bullying of some kind as either the target or the bully. This number has tripled from the mere 28% reported in 2001.

This course will focus on educating school personnel about bullying by looking at its definition, types, and myths that surround it. Staff members will learn some of the characteristics used to identify both bullies and their victims. Teachers will garner specific strategies used to deal with bullies in their classrooms as well as learn how to confront these students. Finally, tips for implementing school bullying intervention programs and promoting an anti-bullying educational environment will be explored.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

School Shooting Awareness (EDU)

School shootings have been making news headlines left and right. And while no school district wants to believe this unthinkable act will ever happen in one of their schools, it’s vital that all school district employees have a thorough understanding of school shooting awareness.

This course will highlight everything from the characteristics surrounding past school shootings, including warning signs and the role mental health often plays in these horrific acts. It will also discuss how to identify, assess, and respond to potential threats, including safety precaution suggestions and ways to improve campus security.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

School Violence and Weapons (EDU)

Due to some of the recent violent acts of students upon their peers and teachers portrayed in the media, school shootings have become the main depiction of school violence. However, violence in schools ultimately includes a wide range of activities, including assaults with or without weapons, physical fights, threats, destruction of property, bullying, hostile or threatening remarks, and gang violence.

Acts of violence disrupt the learning process and have a negative effect on students, the school itself, and the entire community. Therefore, it is imperative that school district employees understand the dangers of student violence and weapons and obtain the knowledge of how to prevent violent incidents from happening.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Supervision and Oversight of Students (EDU)

When determining success in the classroom, the public at large tends to focus on test scores and academic achievement. However, teachers and administrators understand that there is a fundamental aspect to all educational success: establishing a school climate where students feel secure and valued. The truth of the matter is this is what makes learning possible in the first place. Students, parents, and school personnel all have a role to play in creating such a positive learning environment.

The course objective is to train school administrators to collaborate with staff to supervise students, personnel, and facilities efficiently.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Student Concussions (EDU)

Concussions are becoming more prevalent in schools among student athletes. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 173,000 adolescents suffer concussions from playing sports each year, and that number is on the rise. Therefore, it is essential that coaches, teachers, school officials, parents, and students become aware of the signs and symptoms of concussions and understand what to do if a concussion is suspected.

Thorough understanding of concussions and how they affect adolescents can aid in the prevention of the serious long-term complications these brain injuries can inflict upon their victims.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Student Safety Restraint Systems (EDU)

Special needs children ride buses and other school vehicles to school, and back home, every day. They assume they’ll stay safe. Their parents do, too. Drivers and attendants play a major role in student safety. They’re responsible for ensuring that the students are secured in their seats. So they need to understand the correct use of their district’s child safety restraint systems (CSRSs), including seat belts, vests, car seats and other types of seat.

This course will cover the basics of CSRS use for students with special needs who don’t use wheelchairs. A separate course explores securement systems for children in wheelchairs. This course is intended to familiarize you, the bus driver or attendant, with techniques you can use in securing special needs students on school vehicles.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Techniques for De-Escalation (EDU)

This course is designed to teach school staff how to manage student conflicts through effective de- escalation strategies. Warning signs of escalation are explained, along with best practices to defuse tense situations and avoid acts of violence.

The importance of classroom expectations should be explained early on and reiterated often. Consequences must be consistently followed for all students, and praise should be given often to create a positive and safe learning environment.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Wheelchair Securement and Safety (EDU)

Occupant protection system components, such as seatbelts and lap or shoulder belts, ensure that individuals who are using their wheelchairs will remain secured inside the vehicle. This course is designed to teach how to safely convey students in wheelchairs in vehicles with the correct equipment: a Wheelchair Tie-Down Occupant Restraint System (WTORS).

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Working in Extreme Temperatures: Working in Cold Climates (EDU)

The body’s ability to regulate temperature is an important physiological function. Unfortunately, exposure to extreme cold often leads to cold-related illnesses, which can result in medical emergencies. School district employees must understand the nature of cold-related disorders and what to do when a student or fellow staff member shows symptoms of one. Knowing the necessary measures to prevent environmental-related problems will allow district employees to properly identify and better respond to these situations if they occur.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Working in Extreme Temperatures: Heat Illness Prevention (EDU)

The body’s ability to regulate temperature is an important physiological function. Unfortunately, exposure to extreme heat often leads to heat-related illnesses, which can result in medical emergencies. School district employees must understand the nature of heat-related disorders and what to do when a student or fellow staff member shows symptoms of one. Knowing the necessary measures to prevent environmental-related problems will allow district employees to properly identify and better respond to these situations if they occur.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Workplace Violence (EDU)

School district staff employees have more than just violent incidents on the part of students to have to worry about while on the job. Workplace violence among staff members has emerged as an important safety and health issue in today’s workplace. Its most extreme form, homicide, is the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the United States. According to the Bureau of Justice, on average, 1.7 million workers are injured each year, and about 6000 die as a result of workplace violence.

This course discusses workplace violence. For information on school violence on the part of students, see the course School Violence and Weapons.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)


Appropriate Use of Personal Protective Equipment

This course reviews the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in school settings for grades K -12. Due to various health and behavioral factors, the need for understanding when and where to use PPE in schools is essential.

It is crucial to consider all aspects of a child, including medical conditions, behavioral tendencies, and reaction to sensory stimuli.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Behavior Management Strategies

The foundation of a safe school and effective classroom is Positive Behavior Support (PBS). PBS is a term for different strategies and interventions that educators and paraeducators use to help students learn expected behaviors within educational environments.

A tiered approach is used to ensure students receive appropriate behavioral interventions. The interventions need to be positive, proactive, and effective in supporting students with challenging behavior.

The goal of positive behavior support is to teach appropriate behavior expectations and to ensure appropriate replacement behaviors when necessary.

This course provides an overview of the role and responsibilities as a paraeducator supporting students as they learn to meet behavioral expectations.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Bullying Risks for Students with Disabilities

This course provides an overview for teachers and school staff on how to identify bullying and how it affects special needs students in your school.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Coping with Stress as a Paraeducator

Paraeducators, also known as paraprofessionals, have played an important role for quite some time in the delivery of instruction to students with special needs and disabilities in public and non-public schools.

These responsibilities can be stressful on a paraeducator, potentially affecting their mood and effectiveness in performing their jobs. The purpose of this course is to provide paraeducators various strategies and techniques for managing the day to day stresses they experience in the workplace, help build their emotional resilience and coping skills, and promote greater longevity in their jobs.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

De-escalation Strategies for Special Needs Students

In working through conflict management, especially with students with disabilities, patience and understanding are key. To ensure safety for all, you must understand that the way one student processes information may differ from another’s. Being proactive in preventing, and if there is a need to intervene, handling conflicts quickly and effectively, can lower the chances of reaching critical levels.
This course is designed to teach school staff to manage student conflicts through effective de-escalation strategies.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Evacuation of Students with Disabilities

For educators, parents, and students in California, school safety is a key concern, and knowing what to do in a highly stressful and potentially dangerous situation could save lives.
Newspaper stories and television broadcasts of shootings, natural disasters, and other threats to our students seem to hit the headlines regularly across our nation. The California legislature has responded to these threats by updating and adding important requirements to our education codes. Each school and district in California is now required to have a comprehensive school safety plan.
The goal of this course is to inform school staff and teachers of the specialized procedures and unique needs of students with disabilities in the event of an emergency. This course will provide you with basic information about evacuation plans and school safety for these students.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

IEP Collaboration Techniques

For students with disabilities, the public school classroom environment may present certain challenges that need additional consideration. It’s important that a student with a disability receive an education in line with that particular student’s needs, in the least restrictive environment (LRE) possible.

This course focuses on collaboration techniques for members of an Individual Education Program (IEP) planning team making decisions about the education and placement of students with disabilities in the public schools. A secondary purpose of this course is to highlight particular aspects of IEP team collaboration that apply to the state of California.
The following units of instruction make up the content of this course: Federal mandates and California law/policy governing the education of students with disabilities; The IEP plan and IEP team collaboration; Frequent frustrations associated with IEP team collaboration; How to achieve efficient discussions amongst IEP team members; The Cooperative Method for promoting full agreements amongst IEP team members; Strategies for patching up quarrels amongst IEP team members

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Individualized Education Programs (IEP): An Introduction

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) course is an introduction to the IEP process. This course reviews IDEA and is promises to students with disabilities encapsulated in the IEP. Understanding the important legal requirements of the IEP is essential to proper and effective implementation of the individual program.

The introductory course reviews these requirements and prepares staff to better understand the importance of the IEP team.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): An Introduction

In the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA, inclusion of students with disabilities to the greatest extent possible was added. If a state opts to accept federal special education funds, every public-school district in that state must implement IDEA. If a state refuses to implement IDEA, that state forfeits its right to federal funds. All 50 states have implemented IDEA’s guidelines. The purpose of this course is to explain IDEA?s essential provisions and examine how the law has impacted the lives of children with disabilities?as well as their families.

Course Duration: 0.66 Hour(s)

Paraprofessionals: Understanding Your Role

The changing environment of our public schools has altered the way educators approach their jobs. Classrooms are becoming more inclusive to students of varying abilities and from various cultures. As public education has evolved, so too has the demand for dynamic team-based approaches in many schools. Consequently, paraprofessionals are more in demand than ever before.

On the heels of legislation such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the number of paraprofessionals in the U.S. has grown sharply since the 1970s. As a paraprofessional, you have a key role to play in the lives of the growing number of students who require various types of assistance in the classroom.

This interactive paraprofessional course reviews the basic components of special education and the paraprofessional as an important member of the educational team. Each section focuses on the importance the paraprofessional plays in each facet of the job. This course will prepare the paraprofessional to work more effectively with the teacher and students.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Preventing Injuries: Paraeducators and Students

The Special Education classroom offers unique challenges to school staff. Beyond typical teaching demands, school staff must tend to personal care needs and a variety of behavioral challenges. These challenges may place you at risk of injuries.

Injury can occur from overexertion related to helping lift and transfer students with special needs. Ideally, mechanical lift equipment and transfer aids may be available.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Restraint and Seclusion: Uses, Alternatives and Risks

In California, the passage of Assembly Bill 86 enabled California’s policies to align closely with the behavioral interventions outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Act, or IDEA. AB 86 repealed the Hughes bill which required statewide tracking of restraints and seclusion.

IDEA outlines behavioral interventions for students with disabilities, such as the need for a manifestation determination of behavior and how it relates to the child’s disability and the services the child receives.

School districts need to provide positive behavior interventions and conduct a functional behavior assessment if the behavior impedes their learning or the learning of other students. A behavior intervention plan with specific goals and interventions is developed and implemented to support the student.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: An Introduction

This course provides information to assist staff with the understanding, documentation, and implementation of Section 504 accommodation plans, so the educational needs of students with disabilities are met as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities.

Other programs designed to assist students with disabilities are discussed, along with eligibility requirements and expected monitoring of a disabled student?s needs and progress.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Student Discipline and the Law

Classroom management strategies and engaging instruction are key to effective classroom management.
Various positive behavior intervention strategies (PBIS) are used in the classroom to ensure students receive classroom instruction and learn.

Student behavioral issues are not uncommon in today’s classrooms. Behavioral problems are inevitable and run the gamut of being uncooperative, insubordinate, or simply disrespectful. In these cases, teachers, staff, and administrators need to use techniques to redirect students and set universal expectations for behavior in every location on the school campus. Students need to know and understand what is expected of them in and out of the classroom.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Understanding Behaviors of Students with Special Needs

This course focuses on understanding and effectively managing students with special needs with behavior problems in general education classrooms, including those with disabilities. It is critically important for all school personnel to be able to positively interact with students with special needs who exhibit behavior problems in order to support them socially, emotionally, and academically in their education.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Understanding Inclusion for Special Needs Students

Inclusive education is characterized by the combination of children with and without disabilities in the same classroom. It is based on the idea that all children are valued equally, regardless of ability, and therefore deserve the same opportunities and experiences. The purpose of inclusion is to educate each child in a regular classroom, as appropriate. Support services are brought to the child instead of moving the child to a separate classroom for these services, allowing them to stay in the least restrictive environment.

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to include students with disabilities into the general classroom. The course will review inclusion, the laws behind inclusion, the types of disabilities, and the general education teacher’s role in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Additionally, some strategies for inclusion are reviewed to prepare the teacher with the instructional toolbox necessary for the inclusive classroom.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)