ERIC Number: ED436873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
A Core Curriculum & Training Program To Prepare Paraeducators To Work with Learners Who Have Limited English Proficiency. Case 10-98.
Pickett, Anna Lou; Safarik, Lynn; Echevarria, Jana
These instructional materials are designed to improve the performance of paraeducators working in inclusive classrooms servicing school age students with limited English proficiency. The competency-based program helps participants to learn skills they can apply immediately, to accept new practices, and to increase their understanding of education issues. The modules cover: (1) strengthening the teacher and paraeducator team, paraeducator roles and responsibilities, communication and problem solving; (2) the philosophy of diversity; (3) principles of human development and factors that may impede typical human development; (4) the instructional process (language development, second language acquisition, the individualized education and family programs, assessment, data collection, goals and objectives, instructional interventions, and strategies for one-to-one instruction and reinforcing lessons); and (5) working with culturally diverse children and youth and their families. The format for the instructional modules includes: instructional objectives, time required, equipment and resources required, suggested training activities and exercises, background information for the trainer, and handouts and transparencies. Training procedures involve small group discussions, brainstorming, problem solving, case studies, and role plays. (References accompany each module.) (CR)
Descriptors: Child Development, Communication Skills, Competency Based Education, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Data Collection, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Inclusive Schools, Individualized Education Programs, Language Minorities, Limited English Speaking, Minority Group Children, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Problem Solving, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish Speaking, Staff Role, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Team Training, Training
National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals in Education and Related Services, Center for Advanced Study in Education, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave, Suite 3300, New York, NY 10016-4309.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Center for Advanced Study in Education.