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  • Paraspotlight: Jen
    Submitted by Theresa Freeman Here is what Theresa had to say about her school’s awesome paraeducator Jen. I wrote this about the paraeducator in our first grade classroom. Just want to share so paras understand how much they are appreciated. Paraprofessional: a person to whom a particular aspect of a professional task is delegated but … Read more Home Page
  • What’s In a Name?
    The National Resource Center changed its name from “Paraprofessionals” to “Paraeducators” in 1989. Wondering why?
  • The Impact of Trauma on Children
    By Doug Van Oort The Bad News: Researchers have found that “exposure to unrelenting stress and repeated traumas can change a child’s brain, making it…harder to focus and learn.” (Flannery) The Good News: Educators can create trauma-sensitive classrooms where children learn to calm themselves when stressed or experiencing trauma and return to learning. (Flannery) Adverse … Read more Home Page
  • ESSA and Implications for Paraeducators: Questions & Answers regarding ESSA’s Impact on Paraeducators
    Interview by Wangui Njuguna, Education Daily with Marilyn Likins, Executive Director, National Resource Center for Paraeducators. Q: In your role as executive director for the National Resource Center for Paraeducators what do you hear from paraeducators about the supports they need in schools? A: Paraeducators need to have a thorough understanding of their roles and … Read more Home Page
  • 2015 National Conference Presentations Available!

    Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 National Conference in Hartford, Connecticut!

    Many presenters were generous in sharing their slides and handouts that are now available online for anyone to view.

  • Paraspotlight March 2013 Ms. Desha Casey

    Submitted by Cory Haley, Panorama Elementary,Temple Hills, MD

    It gives me great pleasure to highlight Ms. Desha Casey as an Outstanding Paraeducator. She is a young woman who brings with her a strong academic background, innovative professional qualities and is an accomplished educator.

  • HOT TOPIC: The Seven R’s of Behavior: Dealing with Misbehavior Made Easy! (OK, easier)
    The Seven R’s of Behavior: Dealing with Misbehavior Made Easy! (OK, easier) By Doug Van Oort, Assistant Professor, Kirkwood Community College (2008, revised 2010) Anyone who’s worked in a school knows that dealing with challenging student behaviors can be, well, very challenging. Nationally, nearly 50% of new teachers leave teaching within the first five years … Read more Home Page
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): The Voice and Vision of Special Education
    CEC is the leading voice for special and gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of more than 30,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. The Council ensures the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities are met in educational legislation, establishes professional standards for the … Read more Home Page
  • Preparing Paraeducators & Education Majors Together in College
    Preparing Paraeducators & Education Majors Together in College Doug Van Oort, Paraeducator Certification Coordinator & Education Careers Faculty Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA Imagine actors in a play practicing their roles individually but never rehearsing together prior to opening night. Or, imagine the quarterback, backs, receivers, and linemen on a football team never practicing … Read more Home Page
  • Para Spotlight: Ryan Black
    Sent in by: Sharon Oberne, First Grade Teacher, Willoughby Elementary School For the past ten years, I was a literacy specialist working with small groups. Due to budget cuts, I was placed back in the classroom as a first grade inclusion teacher. It was Ryan Black, a special educational assistant, who provided a helping hand. … Read more Home Page