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ERIC Number: EJ1147503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
School Counselors Training Paraprofessionals: A Practical Model for Providing Technical Assistance in the Rural School Setting
Darch, Craig; Shippen, Margaret E.; Darch, Eric; Patterson, DaShaunda; Massey, Cynthia
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v33 n4 p33-40 Dec 2014
The roles and responsibilities of school counselors who serve in rural settings have increased dramatically over the years. One new aspect of the school counselor's role is to provide inservice/preservice training for teachers and school staff. With the increasing numbers of paraprofessionals now working in the schools, there is a need to provide them with training in critical teaching functions. In this paper, we propose a model for providing technical assistance on teaching and classroom management to paraprofessionals serving in rural settings. Our model for school counselors to train paraprofessionals has four features: (1) provide clear explanations of teaching assignments, (2) provide a clear rationale and purpose of the teaching or management strategy, (3) provide frequent positive feedback to the paraprofessional on his or her implementation of the teaching and management technique, and (4) provide specific corrective feedback in areas of improvement. We highlight the discussion of our model by presenting vignettes to illustrate the model's effective implementation in rural school settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
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