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ERIC Number: ED476209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Utilizing Paraeducators as Links to Their Communities: A Training Package for Use with Teacher/Paraeducator Teams and in the Pre-Service Training of Teachers.
Hermanson, Michael J.; Peterson, Michael D.; Sampson, Marsha; Hoagland, Tina
To deliver training and continuing education for education personnel in a large rural state, Montana has decentralized its Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) by forming five regional councils. The Montana Center on Disabilities developed a statewide training program for using paraeducators as liaisons to communities to enhance educational activities. The program was delivered through the CSPD regions. At the end of the third year of the paraeducator development project, a focus group was conducted with 15 regional and state CSPD personnel to evaluate the use of the regional CSPD model during the project. Findings indicate that the goal of developing and delivering a curriculum on using paraeducators as liaisons to the community to enhance educational activities was achieved. Strengths of using regional CSPD councils were that the councils had procedures and resources in place that enabled quick program start-up. The project provided initial funding, but as the training became part of the regional councils' planning process, they developed other resources to support the training, and the project became part of the ongoing needs assessment process. Inclusion of the training in the regional process promoted the importance of the issues and involved the full network in planning beyond the scope of the original project, which helped with sustainability. Having services to offer on an ongoing basis helped build bonds between the project and the regional team. Weaknesses of the regional training model and lessons learned are discussed. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Montana