ERIC Number: ED432561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
The "S" in ASCD: Teachers Supervising Paraeducators for Professional Development.
Ashbaker, Betty; Morgan, Jill
This paper discusses the emerging national issues surrounding supervision of paraeducators in the classroom and provides initial guidance on practical ways to supervise effectively. It begins by describing the current situation in the U.S., focusing on two important issues: the training of teachers as supervisors and training for paraeducators. This section also examines a federally funded Project of National Significance: Super-Vision: A Model for the Teacher's Role as Supervisor of Paraprofessionals," which addresses the lack of training for both teachers and paraeducators by providing training to teacher-paraeducator teams. Next, the paper addresses two critical areas of supervision: defining paraeducator roles and enhancing communication (ethics, time to plan, and differing work styles). The paper concludes that with nearly one million paraeducators in classrooms nationwide, and a projected 38 percent increase in that number by the year 2005, issues of training and supervision continue to emerge and must be addressed. Administrators and teachers must provide support to paraeducators that will define their roles and responsibilities, enhance communications, and develop effective teamwork. They must also seek out training for teachers to develop their supervision skills. Federally funded programs are available to support these efforts. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (54th, San Francisco, CA, March 1999).