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ERIC Number: EJ967479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1553-9318
Who Are the Interventionists? Guidelines for Paraeducators in RTI
Hauerwas, Laura B.; Goessling, Deborah P.
TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, v4 n3 Article 4 Jan 2008
As a Response to Intervention approach begins to be utilized in our schools, there is growing confusion regarding the role of teacher assistants/paraeducators in this problem solving approach. In this article, the authors share survey and interview data from their experiences working with Rhode Island teacher assistants--both in leading teacher assistant training on RTI and in researching implementation of RTI in RI elementary schools. Both challenges and guidelines for the use of teacher assistants in a RTI model are presented. Recommendations for the effective use of teacher assistants in general education and special education classrooms include: teacher assistants as members of school-wide intervention teams; a greater focus on the use of teacher assistants during the assessment process; better professional development; and increased common planning time for enhanced communication about student learning. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island