ERIC Number: ED439090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
"Super-Vision": A Model Training Program for Teacher-Paraeducator Teams.
Ashbaker, Betty Y.; Morgan, Jill
This article includes the contents of a paper presented at the 1999 National Staff Development Conference, then summarizes data collected from attendees of that conference session in response to a written survey distributed and completed during the session. The conference session explained that paraeducators require training, but there is concern over the additional responsibility which supervision of paraeducators represents for teachers (though paraeducator supervision and training might be considered an extension of the teacher's role). A 3-year project, Super-Vision: A Model for the Teacher's Role as Supervisor of Paraprofessionals, field-tested a curriculum which provided training in collaborative and professional development skills to teacher-paraeducator teams; developed a trainer's manual; provided training for teams; and provided orientation training to education administrators. The project developed a unique method for observing paraeducators and teachers. After being observed, participants completed self-evaluations. Conferences were held pre- and post-observation. This paper discusses some of the benefits from using an observation and conferencing procedure. Data from 21 attendees at the conference session indicated that most attendees would like more supports or tools and more comprehensive paraeducator training. Though many of their districts had paraeducator training, it tended to be insufficient. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Staff Development Council (Dallas, TX, December 1999).