The NRCP Conference

Announcing the 34th Annual NRCP Conference!

April 27-29

SEATAC area, Washington State

Oh the Mountains We Can Climb

Conference Registration

Conference Registration is now available!

Mark your calendars for the 34th National Conference on the Training and Employment of Paraeducators, sponsored by the National Resource Center for Paraeducators (NRCP).

Don’t miss this opportunity to:

  • Meet and network with paraeducators, teachers and administrators from other school districts, states and countries; and
  • Discover the latest training programs and discuss models for paraeducator-to-teacher career pathways with community college and university personnel; and
  • Attend diverse workshops covering literacy and math common core, small group instruction, ELL, early childhood, supervision, writing, proactive behavior management, autism, strategies for students with significant cognitive disabilities, MTSS (Multi- Tiered Systems of Student Support), and more.

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5 Reasons You Will Want to Attend the 2018 Conference!

You don't want to miss this opportunity to:

  1. Meet and network with paraeducators, teachers and administrators from other school districts, states and countries.
  2. Attend diverse workshops covering literacy, small group instructions, ELL, supervision, writing, math, proactive behavior management, autism, strategies for students with significant cognitive disabilities, and others.
  3. Learn techniques for communication & building effective teacher/paraeducator teams.
  4. Hear about model programs and systems for paraeducators, their supervising teachers and school administrators.
  5. Walk away with ideas that you can implement in your own school districts or classrooms.

For more information, contact us here or at 435-797-7272

Platinum Conference Sponsor




National Education Association—NEA

You can find out more about being a conference sponsor here.

Silver Sponsors

You can find out more about being a conference sponsor here.

Bronze Sponsors

You can find out more about being a conference sponsor here.

Past Conferences

Many conference presenters from past years have graciously made their presentations available online:

View paraeducator presentations from past years

Conference Experiences

Wondering whether you should attend the next conference? Here are some experiences from past attendees.

First, from some Paraeducators from Meadowbrook Schools in Warwick, Rhode Island:

“We attended the National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals’ 27th National Conference from April 17 through April 19, 2008. This conference was held at the Hilton Hartford Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut.

"There were a wide variety of presentations for each session. There were 6 to 10 choices for each time slot. At times it was quite difficult to choose just one to attend, but those that we did choose were strictly educational and would be extremely important tools for us to apply at Meadowbrook School.

"The instructors and educators were knowledgeable and motivational. We left fully energized, with new insight and a renewed pride in our positions as Paraprofessionals. We learned how different School Districts in different States view paraprofessionals. We also now understand how different school systems allow the implementation of “on–line”credits for the paraprofessional in order to gain certification without the necessity for them to attend classes during school hours.

"One presenter, Ms. Cindy Meyers, provided valuable insight into the world of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Another, Jim Olsen, offered two sessions on relating topics: “Cultivating Positive Energy to Overcome Negativity and Adversity Which Can Drain Energy”; and another which shared ways that we would be able to put ourselves back in charge without undermining a child’s sense of security and self-worth. Finally, we attended an amazing session which developed into an open discussion on antisocial behavior. We were able to share ideas and strategies with a standing room only crowd of approximately 50 people. This information was invaluable."

Here is another experience from Zachary Rossetti, Assistant Professor of Elementary Special Education at Providence College:

“I think that the idea of a conference focused on paraprofessionals is incredibly important because they often are working most closely and most often with students with significant disabilities. They are ultimately responsible for actually providing the specific services outlined in student IEPs. A conference such as this recognizes this crucial role and works to prepare paraprofessionals and to alert them of the latest research and ideas around best practice. It also engenders camaraderie that helps all of us re-energize during our busy and stressful school years. I really enjoyed my first conference this past year because I met many dedicated people doing great work, especially several individuals who spoke of being the only ones in their schools or districts fighting for more inclusive supports on behalf of families and children with disabilities.

"I would recommend this conference to all professionals working with students with disabilities (especially administrators, therapists, and teachers in addition to paraprofessionals) so that they can recognize the crucial role of paraprofessionals while learning about latest research and practical classroom strategies. Further, I feel that teams of teachers, therapists, administrators, and paraprofessionals should attend together to help develop real team cohesion that can ultimately serve families and students better.

2015 Conference

The Power of Educators, a Pathway to Excellence

The 2015 Conference was held in Hartford Connecticut April 16–18 at the Hilton Hartford Hotel.

You can view presentations from the 2015 Conference here.

2015 Platinum Conference Sponsor

National Education Association—NEA


Keynote Speaker

George Sugai

Positive Behavior Support: Catchin' 'em Early, Positively, and Frequently

Friday, April 17, 2015

George Sugai

We are excited to announce George Sugai as our Keynote Speaker. He will providing a evidence-based and practical approach to understanding and preventing problem behaviors and promoting social readiness skills in young children. A multi-tiered framework will be described as a way to organize effective behavior practices and as a system for maximizing accurate and fluent implementation by paraprofessional providers.

Dr. George Sugai received his M.Ed. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1980 at the University of Washington. His primary areas of interests are positive behavioral interventions and support, systems change, teacher professional development, emotional and behavioral disorders, social skills instruction, behavioral consultation, behavioral assessment procedures, and strategies for effective school-wide, classroom, and individual behavior management. Currently at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Sugai is Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair in Behavior Disorders and professor with tenure. At the present time, Dr. Sugai is co-director with Dr. Mary Beth Bruder, of the Early Childhood Personnel TA Center (ECPC) which is funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to improve leadership and develop and implement statewide integrated and comprehensive systems of personnel development (CSPD) for all personnel serving infants and young children with disabilities across settings. Dr. Sugai also was on faculty at the University of Oregon and University of Kentucky, program director in an alternative school, and classroom teacher for students with behavior disorders. Dr. Sugai and colleagues have established the Center for Behavioral Education and Research ( in the Neag School of Education to improve academic and social behavior outcomes for students in schools by engaging in the systematic study of educational issues and interventions, and dissemination to preservice and inservice school personnel. As Project Director or Co-Director of major training or research grants totaling over $40 million, Dr. Sugai has experience in the implementation, operation, and supervision of grant-related projects. He has published over 100 articles, numerous monographs, and a number of college textbooks on effective teaching practices, positive behavior support, and applied behavior analysis. Dr. Sugai’s research has emphasized effective applications of applied behavior analysis principles and school-wide PBS procedures to problems found in educational contexts. The subject populations for these research areas includes students with severe challenging behavior, students with at-risk behaviors, and students described as having severely challenging behaviors. Dr. Sugai is currently co-director (with Rob Horner at the University of Oregon and Tim Lewis at the University of Missouri) of the national Center on Positive behavioral Interventions and Supports ( The Center was established in 1996 by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices. The Center has two foci: (a) broad dissemination to schools, families, and communities about a technology of school-wide positive behavioral support exists, and (b) demonstrations at the level of individual students, schools, districts, and states that school-wide positive behavioral support is feasible and effective.

2015 Conference Schedule

View presentations from the 2015 conference here

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
4:00-7:30PM Registration - 3rdfloor foyer
4:30-7:30PM Leadership Networking Session - Hartford Commons
Thursday, April 16th, 2015
7:00AM–5:00PM Registration- 3rdfloor foyer
7:15-8:30AM Continental Breakfast - Hilton Grand Ballroom Foyer
7:00AM-9:00PM Exhibits - 2nd and 3rd Floor Foyers
8:00–9:45AM Introduction and Welcome
General Session: Outstanding Paraeducators: Excellence Here, There, and Everywhere! - Hilton Grand Ballroom
9:45-10:00AM Break
10:00AM-11:30AM Session 1:
Tips from Teachers: Working with Paraeducators
Presenter: Sarah Douglas
Session 2:
Defining Roles and the Necessary Skills for the 21st Century Paraeducator
Presenters: Mindy Speichler, Cecelia Loughlin
Session 3:
Review of Paraeducator Curriculum
Presenter: Denise Uitto
Session 4:
Standards Based Paraeducator Evaluation
Presenter: Marilyn Iverson
Session 5:
Personality and College Success: What's the Connection?
Presenter: Thalia Moshoyannis-Thompson
Session 6:
Supporting Secondary Literacy
Presenter: MaryJo Terranova
11:30AM-1:00PM LUNCH (On Your Own)
Session 7:
Using Constructive Listening Skills to Manage Difficult Conversations
Presenter: Bill Howe
Session 8:
Lessons And Reflections, Accomplishments and Setbacks: What is needed now to support and advocate for Paraeducators and their Supervisors
Presenter: Kent Gerlach
Session 9:
Partnerships for Comprehensive, Systematic and Sustainable Professional Development and Supervision of Paraprofessionals
Presenter: Ritu Chopra
Session 10:
Paraeducators Social Power: Skills That Support a Community
Presenter: Mary Hull
Session 11:
Facilitating Meaningful Friendships Through Peer-Led Inclusion
Presenters: Laura McLelland, Sarah Tomek
Session 12:
Early Intervention: Unlocking the mind of ASD Students
Presenter: Paul Bates
2:30-3:00PM Break
Session 13:
Learning by Looking Back: Feedback Completes the Learning Loop
Presenters: Jill Morgan, Betty Y. Ashbaker
Session 14:
Partnerships: A Quality Classroom Stems from Teachers and Paraprofessionals Working together in Collaboration!
Presenter: Nancy Moretti
Session 15:
Assistive Technology to Support Students with Autism and Intellectual Disability: What Every Paraeducator Should Know
Presenter: Nicole Natale
Session 16:
The Paraeducator-Parent Connection
Presenters: Regina Moreno, Lisa Elliot
Session 17:
Evaluation of the Paraprofessional in Autism Resource and Achievement Project (PARA-PRO)
Presenters: Teresa Cogar, Taryn Goodwin
Session 18:
Progress Monitoring in the Classroom: Easier Than You Think!
Presenter: Kit Giddings
Session 19:
Helping vs. Hovering: When Paraeducators Work with Students
Presenters: Anthony Brisson, Michelle LeBrun-Griffin
5:00-6:30PM Reception (Drinks and Hot Appetizers Served)
Hilton Grand Ballroom Foyer
Friday, April 17th, 2015
7:00AM–5:00PM Registration - 3rdfloor foyer
7:15-8:30AM Continental Breakfast - Hilton Grand Ballroom Foyer
7:00AM-6:30PM Exhibits - 2nd and 3rd Floor Foyers
8:00-9:45AM Introductions and Welcome
Keynote Speaker: George Sugai
'Positive Behavior Supports: Catchin' 'em Early, Positively, and Frequently'
9:45-10:00AM Break
10:00AM-11:30 AM
Session 20:
Making Paraeducators a Respected Profession in your State - One State's Efforts
Presenters: Doug Nelson, Kent Gerlach and Panel from Washington State: Reen Doser, Britta Dionne, Jean Sarcletti, Maria Pittson
Session 21:
Improving Students' Social-Emotional Outcomes Through Effective Teacher-Paraeducator Collaboration
Presenters: Tina N. Barnes, Christina Crowe
Session 22:
Investing in Paraeducator Instructional Capacity
Presenters: Cara Olson-Sawyer, Regina Moreno
Session 23:
"I do as much as any Teacher" - Role Conflict Among Educators
Presenter: Diane Berger
Session 24:
Sharing and Learning from Paraeducators Around the World
Presenters: Betty Ashbaker, Jill Morgan, Elizabeth Tatum
Session 25:
The Power of Learning with Wonder
Presenter: Rachel Wenner, Mary Hull
Session 26:
Navigating the Labyrinth of Constant Change
Presenter: Ashleigh Molloy
Session 27:
Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Classroom: 5 Tools You Can Use Tomorrow
Presenter: Christine Peck
Session 28:
Supporting Math Instruction
Presenter: Donna Morelli
11:30 AM-1:00PM LUNCH (On Your Own)
Session 29:
Developing a Multicultural Curriculum -Part 1
(Part 2 -Session #37)
Presenter: Bill Howe
Session 30:
Deafblind Interveners: Building a Profession
Presenters: Linda Alsop, Marilyn Likins
Session 31:
MN Paraeducators' Perceptions of the Barriers to Becoming Licensed Special Education Teachers
Presenter: Joni Burris
Session 32:
Supporting Indigenous Paraprofessionals
Presenter: Katie Olson
CANCELED Session 33:
The Eyes Have It! How Strong Visual Motor Integration Equals Handwriting Success! - Part One
(Part 2 -Session #42)
Presenter: Lisa Burton
Session 34:
Tricks, Tips, and Modifications
Presenters: Holly Fitzgerald, Tina Pizzitola
Session 35:
History of Paraeducation
Presenter: Anna Lou Pickett
2:30-3:00PM Break
3:00-4:30PM Session 36:
Developing a Multicultural Curriculum - Part Two
(Part 1 -Session #29)
Presenter: Bill Howe
Session 37:
The Role of Paraeductors in a PBIS School
Presenters: Christine Peck, Tracey Lamothe
Session 38:
Talking About Collaboration: Cogenerative Dialoguing and the teacher-Paraeducator Team
Presenter: Elizabeth Tatum
Session 39:
Paraedcators and Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Presenter: Lisa Fiano
Session 40:
Collaborative and Participatory Approach to Creating and Embedding Standards for Quality Preparation for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Paraprofessionals
Presenter: Ritu Chopra
CANCELED Session 41:
The Eye's Have It! How Strong Visual Motor Integration Equals Handwriting Success! -Part 2
(Part 1 -Session 34)
Presenter: Lisa Burton
Session 42:
Student Learning Styles and Implications for Teaching
Presenter: Joanna Badara
Session 43:
Math Instruction and the Common Core -- How to Help your Students Master the Content!
Presenter: Clare Wurm
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
7:00AM-8:30AM Registration - 3rd floor foyer
7:15-8:30AM Continental Breakfast - Hilton Grand Ballroom Foyer
7:00AM-2:00PM Exhibits - 2nd and 3rd Floor Foyers
8:00-9:45AM General Session:
'Paraeducators: Educating the Whole Student'
9:45-10:00AM Break
Session 44:
Responding to Challenging Behaviors K-12 -- Part One
(Part 2 -Session 51)
Presenters: Maxine B. Mosley, Sharon Sparks
Session 45:
Current Practices and Barriers of Training Paraeducators Who work with Elementary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Inclusive Settings: The results of a Paraeducator Training Survey
Presenter: Emily Sobeck
Session 46:
Elements of Effective Teaching: Examining Basic Instructional Strategies
Presenters: Regina Moreno, Lisa Elliot, Caitlan Freese
Session 47:
Knowing your Strengths to Foster Collaboration
Presenters: Anthony Brisson, Michelle LeBrun-Griffin
Session 48:
Reinforcing Instruction with iPad Apps
Presenters: Tina Pizzitola, Holly Fitzgerald
Session 49:
Promoting Young Children's Social and Emotional Competence
Presenter: Anne Marie Davidson
11:30-11:45AM Break
Session 50:
Responding to Challenging Behaviors K-12 -- Part One
(Part 1 -Session 45)
Presenters: Maxine B. Mosley, Sharon Sparks
Session 51:
Registered Behavior Technician Credential - A New Opportunity for Paraeducators
Presenter: Christine Peck
Session 52:
Promoting Positive Social Skills During Lunch and Recess
Presenter: Mary Hull
Session 53:
The Do's and Don'ts of Copyright
Presenter: Kit Giddings
Session 54:
Inside Inclusion: Methods of Co-Teaching
Presenter: Paul Bates

Things to Do in Hartford, Connecticut

Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art

Museum/Gallery, Hartford

With more than 50,000 artworks and artifacts spanning 5,000 years, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art is the second-largest public art museum in New England and the oldest in the nation. The first American museum to acquire works by Salvador Dalí and the Italian artist Caravaggio, the museum also houses 7,000 items documenting African-American history and culture in partnership with the Amistad Foundation. Particularly impressive are the museum's collections of baroque, impressionist, and Hudson River School artists!

Address: 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Phone: (860) 278-2670

Cost: $10

Hours: Wed.-Fri. 11-5 (1st Thursday of most month 11 until 8), weekends 10-5
Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art Website

State Capitol

Government Building, Hartford

The gold-leaf dome of the State Capitol rises above Bushnell Park. Built in 1878, the building houses the state's executive offices and legislative chamber, as well as historical memorabilia. On a tour, you can walk through the Hall of Flags, gape at a statue of Connecticut state hero Nathan Hale, and observe the proceedings of the General Assembly from the public galleries, when in session.

Address: 210 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT

Phone: (860) 240-0222

Cost: Free

Hours: Weekdays: 9:15, 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15
State Capitol Website

Lady Katharine Cruises

Public Cruise Line, Hartford

Discover the endless possibilities for putting a splash of fun in your life. Whether you’re thinking of a special occasion or going out just for fun, you’ll make it a better experience when you are on the water. Visit the website for complete details regarding location, rates and upcoming event.

Address: 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Phone: (860) 278-2670

Cost: $10

Hours: Wed.-Fri. 11-5 (1st Thursday of most month 11 until 8), weekends 10-5
Lady Katharine Cruises Website

Mystic Seaport

Museum/Village, Mystic

The distinguishing feature of Mystic Seaport is that it hasn’t anything in common with a typical whisper-quiet, don’t touch museum environment. The complex is full of things to do, feel, climb, hear, smell and even taste.! Visitors can walk along the streets of this authentic 19th century seafaring village and talk with one of many role-players, watch boat builders, riggers and lumbermen at work, or even raise a ships sails. Mystic Seaport has the most extensive collections of vessels in the U.S.

Address: 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT. Mystic Seaport is located about 10 miles east of New London in Connecticut’s “Ocean Corner”, part of the Mystic Places region. (About 1 hr. 15 minute drive from Hartford)
Phone: (860) 572-0711
Cost: Adult (18-64) $29.95, Senior (65+) $26.95, Youth (13-17) $25.95, Children (3-12) $21.95

Hours: Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mystic Seaport Website

The Old State House

Historic Landmark, Hartford

Take a tour of this 1796 National Historic Landmark, one of the nation’s oldest state houses. Tour the magnificiently-restored historic rooms, experience and interactive audio tour, visit the immersive Education Center, shop in the museum store, attend a program and so much more

Address: 800 Main Street, downtown Hartford, CT

Phone: (860) 522-6766

Cost: Admission is FREE for Old State House and Connecticut Historical Society Museum members and children aged six years and under.
 $6 adults, $3 seniors (65 and over), $3 students (with valid college ID), $3 youth (6-17) Free admission on the first Saturday of every month
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Old State House Website

Mystic Marinelife Aquarium

Aquarium, Mystic

Visitors of the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium will get face to face with amazing sea creatures, enjoy a fascinating sea lion show, and touch a cownose ray the Ray Touch Pool. There is also a 30,000-gallon simulated coral reef habitat with exotic fish from around the world. Return to Titanic is another interesting exhibit, which marks Dr. Robert Ballard's historic return to the legendary wreck he discovered in 1985. The exhibit includes a breathtaking 18-foot model of the Titanic.

Address: 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic CT, Mystic Aquarium is off of Interstate 95 in Mystic
Phone: (860) 572-5955

Cost: Adults $17.50, Senior (age 65+) $16.50, Children (age 3-17) $12.50, Children (age 2 and under) Free 

Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm
Mystic Marinelife Aquarium Website

New England Air Museum

Museum, Windsor Lock

See the landmark artifacts of aviation which changed history - Learn about the courage and determination of famous men and women who brought aviation to where it is today. Hear firsthand the stories of veterans who lived the wars of the 20th century and fought to preserve the freedom we now enjoy. Experience firsthand the principles of flight which have challenged the pioneers of aviation for generations. Discover the impact our state of Connecticut has had on aviation and space exploration from the earliest balloon launches of 1857 to the design of space suits for the Mission to Mars.

Address: 36 Perimeter Road, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Lock, CT
Phone: (860) 623-3305

Cost: Adults: $12, Children (ages 4-11): $6.50, Children (ages 3 and under): Free, Seniors (65 & up): $11

Hours: 10 am-5 pm daily
New England Air Museum Website

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Basketball Museum, Springfield, MA (30 minute drive from Hartford)

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a fantastic destination for everyone from lifelong basketball fans to families with children who are just beginning to explore the world's most popular sport. The Hall of Fame is located in "The Birthplace of Basketball", beautiful Springfield, Massachusetts.

Address: 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue, Springfield, Massachusetts

Phone: 413-781-6500 or 877-4HOOPLA

Cost: ADULTS - $21.00, SENIORS (Age 65 & Up) - $17.00, YOUTH (Ages 5 - 15) - $15.00, CHILDREN (Age 4 & Under) – FREE

Hours: Friday 10AM - 4PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM - 5PM
Basketball Hall of Fame Website

Chester-Hadlyme Ferry

Transportation Site, Chester

Sometimes the simple pleasures mean the most. The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry is the second-oldest continually operating ferry in the country. Although the trip across the Connecticut River to Hadlyme aboard the Selden III, the current vessel, is swift, you'll still catch nice views of the valley and Gillette Castle

Address: 148 Ferry Rd., Chester, CT
Phone: (860) 526-2743
Cost: Vehicle and driver $5 walk-ons $2

Hours: Weekdays 7 am-6:45 pm; weekends 10:30 am-5 pm
Chester-Hadlyme Ferry Website

Mark Twain House and Museum

House/Mansion, Hartford

Built in 1874, the Mark Twain House & Museum was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, until 1891. While he and his family lived in this 19-room Victorian mansion, Twain published seven major novels, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and The Prince and the Pauper. The home is one of only two Tiffany- designed domestic interiors open to the public.

Address: 1351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT
Phone: (860) 247-0998

Cost: Senior Citizens (65+) $15, Adults (17-64) $18, Children (6-16) $11
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30-5:30; Sunday 11 am-5:30 pm
Mark Twain House and Museum Website

Hartford Stage

Live Theatre, Hartford

Now in our fourth decade of pioneering theatre, we enjoy an international reputation for artistic quality, innovation, and commitment to diversity. Over the years, we’ve launched 54 world and American premieres, sent numerous productions to Broadway and Off-Broadway, and have featured the best actors in the nation.
 Contact the website for shows, show times, and ticket prices.

Address: 50 Church Street, Hartford, CT

Phone: Box Office: (860) 527-5151, Theatre: 860-525-5601

Cost: $10

Hartford Stage

Connecticut Science Center

Science Museum, Hartford

With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips.

Address: 250 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 724-3623

Hours: Monday-Closed; Tuesday thru Sunday: 10 am-5:00 pm
Cost: Adult: $19, Senior $16.50, Youth (3-17) $14
Connecticut Science Center

Mohegan Sun Casino

Casino & Hotel, Uncasville, CT (1 hour drive from Hartford)

Mohegan Sun Casino is a Native American Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut and is open daily 24 hours. The casino's 300,000 square foot gaming space features 6,495 gaming machines and 300 table games. The property has twenty restaurants, seven bars and a hotel with 1,176 rooms. Mohegan Sun is your Connecticut destination for casino excitement surrounded by top entertainment, gourmet dining, premier shopping,luxury hotel including complete spa treatments. Visit the website for a complete overview of all of the exciting opportunities available to you at the Mohegan Sun.

Address: 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Website

Foxwood Casino

Casino & Hotel, Mashantucket (1 hour drive from Hartford)

In 1986 the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation opened the original high- stakes bingo hall. Today Foxwoods comprises six casinos that collectively offer more than 7,000 slot machines and an incredible 400 tables for 17 different types of table games, including 100 for poker. There's a luxurious, high-tech Race Book, as well as the world's largest Bingo Hall. Foxwoods is the largest casino in the world, with 340,000 square feet of gaming space in a complex that covers 4.7 million square feet. More than 40,000 guests visit Foxwoods each day.

Address: 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, CT

Foxwood Casino Website

See Connecticut’s Capital Without Going Broke

Hartford is home to historic and cultural attractions, many of which you can see absolutely free. Whether you're planning your first visit to Connecticut's capital city or you're a resident looking for something fun and affordable to do in your own back yard, here's a quick look at 10 free things to do right in Hartford.

  1. Bushnell Park
    Between Elm and Jewel Streets, 860-232-6710

    America's oldest public park is home to more than 125 tree species, some more than 100 years old. Pick up a free Bushnell Park Tree Walks brochure at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch or at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection--the building with the red-tile roof on Elm Street adjacent to the Park. The self-guided tour described in the brochure will take you on several different walks through Bushnell Park and help you to locate more than 40 different species of trees.
  2. Center Church and Ancient Burying Ground
    Main and Gold Streets, 860-249-5631
, Church open Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 The Ancient Burying Ground is the final resting place for many of Hartford's founders and early settlers. Center Church, which was built in 1807, was modeled after St. Martin-In-The- Fields in London and features stained glass windows by Louis Tiffany.
  3. Elizabeth Park
    Prospect and Asylum Avenues, 860-242-0017

    Hartford is home to the first municipal rose garden in the U.S. During the summer months, more than 14,000 rose bushes representing 900 different varieties of roses are in bloom. The park is open free daily. Elizabeth Park Photo Tour
  4. Governor's Residence
    990 Prospect Avenue, 860-566-4840

    By appointment This 1909 Georgian Revival mansion has been home to Connecticut's governors since 1945. Free tours are available by appointment.
  5. Katharine Hepburn's Grave Site
    Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Avenue, 860-956-3311
, Monday - Sunday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    It's not exactly an attraction, but if you are a Katharine Hepburn fan and you happen to be in Hartford, you may want to pay your respects to the late star of more than 75 films by visiting her grave site. Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 12, 1907, and following her death on June 29, 2003, she was buried in her family's plot at historic Cedar Hill Cemetery.
  6. Museum of Connecticut History
    231 Capitol Avenue, 860-757-6535
, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    See historical exhibits depicting Connecticut's history and heritage including the original 1662 Connecticut charter issued by the British crown, a collection of Colt firearms and portraits of state governors.
  7. Hartford Star Shuttle
    Downtown Hartford, 860-522-8101
, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m, Saturday 3-11 p.m.

    The Hartford Star Shuttle is a free shuttle bus service that connects the Connecticut Convention Center and the riverfront with downtown hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions. Take a free ride to reach a specific Hartford spot or for a quick tour of the city.
  8. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch
    Trinity Street, 860-232-6710

    This Gothic brownstone monument honors the 4,000 Hartford citizens who served in the Civil War and the 400 who died for the Union. Free half-hour Arch Tours are available Thursdays only, noon to 1 p.m., May through October.
  9. State Capitol
    210 Capitol Avenue, (860) 240-0222
, Monday - Friday, hourly tours starting 9:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.; Saturday tours April - October only, 10:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

    Hartford's spectacular gold-domed State Capitol building was completed in 1878 and is a National Historic Landmark. Free one-hour tours begin in the adjacent Legislative Office Building. Advance reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.

You can also download this as a printable PDF version.

The CT Transit also has a map with free downtown shuttle  it is available for download here.

Conference Hotel and Travel

Oh the Mountains We Can Climb

Hotel Information

We are pleased to announce that we have secured a discounted hotel rate of $109.00 per night, plus tax.

General Information

DoubleTree Seattle Airport
18740 International Boulevard
Seattle, Washington
Phone: +1-206-246-8600
Fax: +1-206-901-5923


Special Room Rate: $109 Single or Double Rooms

Call (800) 222-8733 and ask for the group code: NRP or the group name: NRC Paraeducators to lock in this special rate or visit this website to get our special discounted rates. Cutoff date to reserve your room at a discounted rate is April 6, 2018 .
We know this room block is going to fill up fast, if you call to make a reservation and they tell you it is full-- please reach out to the NRCP directly, and we will do our best to work with you to get you the rooms you need at the best price! (


Check in time is 3:00 PM; check-out time is 12:00 PM.


General Arrival Directions FROM I-5 NORTH OR SOUTH: Take exit #152 (188th Ave). The hotel is located 1 mile West of I-5 on the corner of 188th and International Boulevard.
For further transportation details, please visit the Seattle Airport Doubletree Maps and Directions Page.


A $10 per day discounted rate is available at the hotel front desk!


Internet will be provided to all guests on a complimentary basis.

Get Credit for Attendance

Oh the Mountains We Can Climb


A Certificate of Attendance will be available for attendees. Verification of these Seat Hours or CPDU's will be provided. Certificates will be disseminated following sessions on Sunday.

Special Event

Oh the Mountains We Can Climb

Saturday Night we will be having a special event, the Local Arrangement Committee and the NRCP are working together to bring a great event

Supporting the Conference

Oh the Mountains We Can Climb

Supporting the Conference!

This conference provides a unique opportunity for educators from Washington and other parts of the country to learn from local, state, and nationally recognized experts on some of the most critical and timely topics for paraeducators, including instructional strategies, behavior management strategies, teaming and collaboration, autism and other disabilities, and more.

It is anticipated that over 300 people will attend this year’s conference including paraeducators, teachers, administrators, policy makers, parents, and representatives of unions, colleges, universities, and professional organizations.

There are a number of ways that you or your organization can support the conference. All levels of sponsorship will be highlighted in the conference program.

Financial Contributions:

Financial contributions of $500 or more, will qualify you for special recognition as a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum sponsor. These levels of sponsorship come with a variety of advertisement opportunities such as conference program ad space, social media promotion, complimentary registration fee and exhibitor space, and more. Additional details on sponsorship levels can be found at our Sponsorship Page.

Financial donations of any amount will go towards food and beverage costs, printing, supplies, key note speaker honorariums, and other related conference costs. If you choose to support a specific event such as a reception, breakfast, or break, signage will be displayed at the event recognizing your contribution. All financial contributions will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of the donation.

Sponsor a Paraeducator or Teacher-Paraeducator Team:

You may also want to consider sponsoring a paraeducator(s) or teacher-paraeducator team to attend the conference. You can make a financial contribution to cover the registration fee and/or hotel costs for the sponsored individual(s).

Raffle Prizes:

You or your organization can also donate gift baskets, gift cards, t-shirts or other raffle items. These prizes will be raffled off throughout the conference to thank attendees for their participation.

If you are interested in supporting the conference or if you have any questions, please contact us at or (435) 797-7272. To learn about exhibiting at the conference, visit our Exhibitors Page

Thank you in advance for your support.

The Local Arrangements Committee

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!