ERIC Number: ED468437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
Working Together for Successful Paraeducator Services: A Guide for Paraeducators, Teachers, and Principals. By Request Series.
Railsback, Jennifer; Reed, Bracken; Schmidt, Karen
This booklet provides an overview of the current issues surrounding paraeducator employment and synthesizes recommendations of various national, state, and local paraeducator task force groups. Based on these recommendations, the booklet outlines suggestions for paraeducators, teachers, and principals to increase paraeducator effectiveness. After an introduction, the booklet focuses on: "In Context: What are the Current Issues Involving Paraeducators?" (concerns about preparation training, and roles and about recent legislation); "How are Researchers, Practitioners, and Policymakers Responding to These Concerns and Policies?"; "What are the Guidelines for Paraeducator Roles and Responsibilities?" (roles for teachers, principals, and paraeducators); "Northwest Sampler" (Houghtaling Elementary School, Ketchikan, Alaska; Oakwood Elementary School, Preston, Idaho; Hardin Public Schools, Hardin, Montana; and Cherrydale School, Steilacoom, Washington); and "Conclusion" (paraeducators can offer tremendous benefits for children, providing instructional reinforcement that enhances every student's opportunity to learn, meet standards, and achieve academic success). An appendix presents existing or proposed state paraeducator certification policies. Relevant resources are listed. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Collegiality, Cooperative Planning, Differentiated Staffs, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Professional Education, Teacher Role, Teamwork
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. Tel: 503-275-9720; Web site: http://www.nwrel.org/request.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Comprehensive Center, Region X.