The focus of this workshop is for paraprofessionals and their constituents to learn new skills and instructional best practices to achieve greater independence and effectiveness with collaboration to influence meaningful students learning. Areas include, promoting student dignity and respectful language, teaching skills, promoting participation, achieving student goals, using student interests in learning, and promoting problem-solving. Collaborative support models will be taught in the areas of supportive teaching, complementary teaching, parallel teaching, and promoting student leadership. Effective ideas will be provided, so the paraprofessional always has something to do that contributes to meaningful teaching and/or collaborative support for students. This session will promote achieving high value for the paraprofessional as an essential member for an educational team.