ERIC Number: ED043571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Project Upbeat '69.
This 9-month training program for paraprofessionals started in June 1969 with a 6-week summer session, followed by fall and spring semesters in 1969 and 1970. Its objectives were to train indigenous nonprofessionals as teacher aide assistants for employment in inner city and ghetto schools, to meet the current shortage of certificated bilingual teachers, and to pinpoint the need for community colleges to come to terms with the work-study approach to training programs. The 36 participants came from low-income minority groups, with approximately 50 percent black and 50 percent Chicano; only two were men. They were drawn from ten Los Angeles school districts, Head Start agencies, the Pasadena Commission on Human Need and Opportunity, and Pasadena City College, the host institution. Problems were encountered in obtaining professional participation and cooperation from agencies, particularly in the attempt to encourage differentiated staffing and the increased use of paraprofessionals. The limited scope of the program precluded any major impact and it was not possible to discover any real impact on the school districts or on the trainees themselves. Some of the problems may be resolved in the 1970 program. There are 12 appendixes, including details of the objectives, correspondence, minutes of committee meetings, and the final evaluations of the trainees. (MBM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational Personnel Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pasadena City Coll., CA.
Identifiers: New Careers Programs; PROJECT HEAD START