ERIC Number: ED114358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
A Decade of Paraprofessional Programs in Minneapolis Public Schools.
COP Bulletin, v2 n6 1974-75
The Minneapolis paraprofessional program was developed with funds from Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965. Paraprofessionals are now an integral part of the Minneapolis Public Schools. They have contributed much to the education of students and staff and to good school-community relations. The New Careers and Career Opportunities Programs have provided many low-income paraprofessionals with additional educational opportunities. Every effort has been made to provide training for both specific job assignments and to meet the needs of individual paraprofessionals. Opportunities range from basic education to academic courses and are offered at community schools and college campuses. While it is important that a paraprofessional be well trained, it is equally important that the supervising teacher or other staff member be trained in the effective utilization of the paraprofessionals. Orientation is given to first year teachers and teachers who are new to a school that uses paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals do not make a teacher's job easier. The duties a paraprofessional assumes release the teacher to initiate activities at a higher and broader professional level. As a result, the teacher and paraprofessional team provide a better learning environment. The paraprofessional in education is a means through which schools and communities can work together. (RC)
Descriptors: Career Opportunities, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Program Descriptions, School Aides, School Community Relationship, Teacher Aides, Teachers
Career Opportunities Program, New Careers Training Laboratory, Queens College, 184 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010 (No price quoted)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Queens Coll. New Careers Training Lab.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis)