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Classroom Learning Academy for Student Supports (CLASS)

Classroom Learning Academy for Student Supports (CLASS)

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Click HERE for the current program flyer.


  • CLASS is a three week program that the Urban League will offer in late summer and late fall to coincide with local school district hiring needs.
  • Classes are Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. No alternative schedules are offered at this time.
  • CLASS will prepare participants to become para-educators (entry-level teacher’s assistants, support persons, and substitute teachers). Para-educators are the highest-demand positions in local Madison area school districts, particularly in special education classrooms.
  • CLASS and all Urban League services are free. CLASS applicants should be qualified to work in a classroom setting.
  • Please be aware that spaces for CLASS are limited. All candidates will follow the same screening procedure.


  1. Complete the Urban League Bronze Membership form HERE.
  2. Complete the CLASS questionnaire below:

    Copy the following questions into a Word document and save it to your computer as “CLASS Questionnaire – Your Name”.

    Note: The purpose of these questions is to see if this academy will be a good fit for you, and ways in which we can support you to successfully complete the academy and find employment. This assignment will also assess your Microsoft Word skills (directions in parenthesis).

    1. Why do you want to participate in the Urban League’s CLASS training program? (Make your answer Bold and Italicized).

    2. Do you have any experience working in a classroom setting or with students/children in general? (Make your answer font style Arial Bold, 14 point font, red color).

    3.Please explain how you would approach working with students who are different from you in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, etc. (Center your answer on the page and make it double-spaced).

    4. Describe a time you experienced conflict at work. How did you address the situation, and what was the result of your actions? (Insert clip art in your answer. Wrap the text of your answer around the clip art).

    5. List your past 2-3 jobs, length of time at the jobs, and reason for leaving each. What is your greatest employment-related challenge? (Make the list of jobs bulleted. Under each bulleted job, make a lettered sub-list of your reason for leaving).

    6. Are you aware of anything that would make you ineligible to work in a classroom setting? (Change the Roman numerals in this list of questions to numbers).

  3. Send an email to  with the subject "CLASS Application Materials".

    1. In the body of your email list your full name, email address, and phone number. Indicate that you have completed the Bronze Membership form.

    2. Attach your saved “CLASS Questionnaire” Word document from Step 2 to the email message.

    3. Attach your most current resume and generic cover letter expressing your interest in working as a para-educator.

  4. Once your application materials are received, you will be signed up for the National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC) pre-assessments in Math, Reading, Situational Judgement, and Active Listening. You will be provided with instructions to complete the assessments. Please anticipate 3-4 hours to complete these assessments.
If you are not selected for CLASS, you are encouraged to attend an Urban League Information Session to find out about other employment services we offer. Go to for more information, or attend an in-person Information Session every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 10am – 11am at the Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park Street.

If you have any qestions about the enrollment process, please contact:

Laura Hiebing
Employment Specialist
Urban League of Greater Madison