ERIC Number: ED427001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Paraprofessionals: A Resource for Tomorrow's Teachers.
LeTendre, Mary Jean
There is a need for highly trained professional staff, particularly paraprofessionals, in Title I schools. If paraprofessionals are spending a significant amount of time working with Title I students in a teaching environment, it is crucial that they possess the knowledge and skills sufficient to help the students achieve the same high standards expected of all students. Title I funds can be used to increase the access of paraprofessionals to services for improving their skills. Paraprofessionals should be included in professional development activities. They also need career ladder programs to help them obtain the education necessary to become certified teachers. Several states and local education agencies have established projects that can be used as examples for others wishing to implement professional career ladders. Many types of federal financial aid are available as resources for paraprofessionals seeking education degrees or teaching certificates. They include Pell grants, Direct Stafford Loans and Federal Family Education Stafford Loans, campus-based programs, teacher recruitment grants, and loan forgiveness. General eligibility requirements include being a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident and attending school at least half-time (for certain grants). (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Students, Career Ladders, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Promotion (Occupational), Public Schools, Student Financial Aid, Students
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Compensatory Education Programs.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I