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Paraeducators in the Middle School Mild-Moderate Setting Handbook

As more children with disabilities participate in general education classrooms based on full inclusion models, the need for paraeducators will continue to rise. Therefore, paraeducators need to be properly trained and prepared to support the needs of these students. However, research indicates that paraeducators are left on their own to make decisions about students while remaining inadequately trained (Giangreco et al., 2011). In order to address the need for training for paraeducators a handbook was developed to provide new and veteran paraeducators with strategies and supports to guide their role of paraeducators for delivering the appropriate supports to students in the general education classrooms. The handbook is intended to be utilized by paraeducators in the Middle School Mild-Moderate Setting. It will also add value to special education and general education while providing paraeducators with a guide to efficiently support students with disabilities in the general education setting.