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ERIC Number: ED426551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Paraeducators. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
This report provides an analysis of the activities being conducted by 25 federally-funded projects across the country that focus on issues related to paraeducators of students with disabilities. A definition of paraprofessionals/paraeducators is offered with a discussion of their increasing role in the education of students with disabilities in both general and special education settings. Analysis of the projects finds the following common issues being addressed: (1) recruitment of and outreach to paraeducators representing minority and diverse ethnic groups; (2) staff development for paraeducators leading to certification or Associate degree; (3) Bachelor's degree programs for currently or recently employed paraeducators; (4) inservice staff development for paraeducators not leading to certification or degree; (5) meeting the needs of low incidence disabilities; and (6) preservice staff development not leading to certification or a degree. A chart lists projects by state and issues the projects are addressing. (DB)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Training, Definitions, Disabilities, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Federal Programs, Inservice Education, Minority Group Teachers, Paraprofessional School Personnel, School Aides, Staff Development, State Programs, Teacher Aides, Training
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Produced by Project FORUM at NASDSE.