ERIC Number: ED340684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Paraprofessionals in Utah Schools: The Selection: Preparation, and Utilization of Paraprofessionals in Education.
Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City.
The purpose of this publication is to recognize the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals in education; ways they are used in the classroom; and how they are selected and trained. The philosophical basis for the use of paraprofessionals in education is that they provide educators more time to practice, and to reflect on, their professional responsibilities and opportunities. They augment, rather than replace, certified educators. The paraprofessional is at all times an assistant and responsible to a member of the professional staff. Professional assignments may not be delegated to a paraprofessional. The educator's primary responsibility is to the children; whereas, the primary responsibility of the paraprofessional is to the educator. The booklet is organized into seven sections as follows: (1) a position statement with respect to paraprofessionals in education; (2) definitions of professional personnel and paraprofessionals; (3) keys to successful programs; (4) recruitment and selection; (5) preservice and inservice organization and training; (6) examples of appropriate and inappropriate tasks for paraprofessionals; and (7) a paraprofessional evaluation form. (LL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah