Effective and Ethical Use of Paraprofessionals

As general and special educators, it is our responsibility to provide training and feedback for paraprofessionals whom we supervise. During this session, participants will participate in activities aimed at providing effective training to paraprofessionals, while maintaining the legal responsibilities of teachers.

  1.  Participants will engage in a self-assessment related to their current use or misuse of paraprofessional staff.
  2. Participants will be able to distinguish between the instructional responsibilities of teachers versus paraprofessionals.
  3.  Participants will be able to design and implement a training series for the paraprofessionals in their schools that align with federal guidelines.
  4.  Participants will develop instructional supports for paraprofessionals that align with federal guidelines.
  5. Participants will be able to coach paraprofessionals how to advocate for themselves in a manner that maintains appropriate instructional responsibilities.
  6.  Participants will be able to individualize handouts in a manner that aligns with federal guideline, but reflects the needs of their individual schools.

Mary Beth  Doyle