Call for Papers for the 2018 National Conference

Oh the Mountains We Can Climb

We are now accepting applications for the 34th National Conference on the Training and Employment of Paraeducators

SEATAC Area, Washington State

Submit your Proposal Online

Proposal Deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017!

Suggested Topics

This year we are especially interested in the topics listed below, but as always, we encourage proposals that expand horizons.

Research Initiatives focusing on paraeducator effectiveness, training and supervision, one-on-one use of paraeducators, or other pertinent topics.

National, Statewide or Local Initiatives to set standards and parameters for:

  • Hierarchies of skill and knowledge competencies required to work in different levels of paraeducator positions.
  • Training and professional development opportunities for paraeducators.
  • Development of effective partnerships among provider agencies, 2- and 4-year colleges, unions, and other stakeholders.

Growing need for early childhood paraeducators as states expand early childhood and early childhood intervention programs.

Hands on Sessions specifically designed to strengthen the on-the-job performance of paraeducators working in Title I programs, inclusive classrooms or one-on-one job assignments, home- and center-based early childhood programs, ELL/bilingual education, after school programs and vocational/transitional services. Possible topics may include “Strategies to De-escalate Challenging Behaviors,” “Common Core State Standards”, “Assistive Technology to Support Student Learning, “ Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports,” “Improving Students Outcomes through Proactive Team Building & Communication” and “Instructional Strategies.”

Incentives for Retaining a Skilled Paraeducator Work Force (e.g. career pathways, certification, and collaborative articulated systems between provider agencies and 2- and 4-year colleges).

Standards and Professionally Developed Models for preparing teachers and administrators and other educators to work effectively with paraeducators and direct service providers in education and other human services.

Emerging Roles for Paraeducators in occupational, speech/language, physical therapy and other disciplines.


  • Audiovisual Requirements: Screens, carts and electrical switch plates will be provided in all rooms. Please notify us at or 435-797-PARA if you require an LCD projector.
  • Session Length: Typically, the length of a session is 1-1/2 hours. However, if you require more time, please indicate your time preference and we will try to accommodate your request.
  • Proposals that promote commercially available products, services, or programs will not be selected. Such products can be displayed in our Exhibitor/Vendor space. See exhibitor information at
  • Submit your Proposal Online

    Because the conference is self-sustaining, it is necessary for ALL presenters to register and pay the fee.