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Paraprofessionals Achieving Standards Successfully (PASS)

More about PASS:
The PASS course, developed by and for Montana paraprofessionals, provides proven skills in classroom management as well as reading, writing, and math instruction, all taught in a dynamic and fun setting.

A nationally developed assessment is built into the course, assuring that paraprofessionals who take the course can demonstrate evidence of content mastery to their local school districts and the State of Montana.

Course materials were developed by MEA-MFT and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

The PASS course is taught by a team of highly trained Montana paraprofessional educators.

Course design:

MEA-MFT PASS is a fast-moving, highly interactive learning process for all participants. It involves a series of hands-on activities as well as informative lectures, discussions, and practice sessions that continually involve the learner as an active participant.

 Here are just a few of the topics included in the training:

  • effective group management, questioning strategies
  • phonics, fluency, vocabulary
  • narrative and expository texts
  • comprehension strategies, numeration, word problems

Who should attend PASS?

  • Any paraprofessional who wants to gain new skills and capacity for helping students.
  • Any paraprofessional who still needs to be deemed "highly qualified" per Title I requirements. (Check with your local school district or union representative if you are unsure if you are affected by these requirements.)

Next PASS Training:
Online PASS Training - September 25 - December 8, 2017
        Click HERE to register.  Deadline is September 11, 2017.

For more information:
Contact Marco Ferro, MEA-MFT's director of public policy, at 800.398.0826 or