Effective Use of Paraprofessionals

Paraprofessionals are key players in the education of students with disabilities. Research shows there is a need in the area of utilizing these important individuals effectively. Paraprofessionals need to be properly trained on their roles and responsibilities, education specialists need to be trained on how to effectively supervise and support paraprofessionals, and general education teachers need additional training on how to properly utilize this additional adult in the room. This professional development is designed to meet the needs of the entire team; the paraprofessional, the education specialist, and the general education teacher working with the student with disabilities. This training will address the roles and responsibilities of each participant, as well as how they can work together to optimize success in the school setting.