ERIC Number: ED476693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Designing State and Local Policies for the Professional Development of Instructional Paraeducators.
Schmidt, Karen; Greenough, Richard
Existing federal laws require training for paraeducators hired with federal funds. The challenge of professional development for paraeducators has become more acute as they have increased dramatically in absolute numbers and as a proportion of all instructional staff. This report is a guide to state and local education agencies that are designing policies for paraeducator development. It highlights existing programs that demonstrate key elements of effective paraeducator development and describes in detail some promising programs in the states of Iowa and Washington. The paper suggests resources for possible standards and guidelines for state and local education agencies exploring how to appropriately train their paraeducators, and it offers information about postsecondary educational programs and the current scope of paraeducator training and employment. The report emphasizes that the purposeful use of paraeducators includes providing them with clear objectives coordinated with the mission of the school. Three appendixes include a listing of existing or proposed state paraeducator certification policies, a history of paraeducator programs, and highlights of other paraeducator training initiatives. (Contains 30 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Professional Training
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Planning and Program Development, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. Tel: 503-275-9500; Tel: 800-547-6339 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Washington