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

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

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

Reflections on the NRCP’s Paraeducators Conference

Article submitted by Ludmila Battista, Faculty-Educational Studies, Kaplan University This was my fifth trip to join my colleagues in the paraeducator field and as in every time in the past, I was invigorated and inspired by what I saw and heard at last month’s annual conference in San Antonio, TX. Dynamic keynote speakers, passionate and … Read more

LAUSD Career Ladder and the Apprentice Teacher Program

Article by Steve Brandick Paraprofessionals make great teachers! That was just an assumption back in 1994 when the Los Angeles Unified School District Paraeducator Career Ladder was established. It is now fact. The program began as a union and management collaborative intended to improve the economic situation of low-income employees while developing a pool of … Read more

2013 NRCP National Conference in Salt Lake City Review

Thanks to all who attended our 2013 NRC Paraeducator Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. We had some amazing Welcome and Keynote Speakers as well as great break-out sessions. Participants provided very positive feedback and felt that their time was well spent. Further, they commented on taking away valuable information that could be implemented and … Read more


Ever wondered who else is looking into the NRCP website?  We have visitors from over 160 countries!  Check out the complete list: United States United Kingdom Canada Ukraine Russia India Turkey Philippines Australia Germany Kazakhstan Saudi Arabia Iran Belarus Bulgaria Netherlands China Sweden Ireland Moldova Mexico Portugal France Senegal Israel Spain Norway Romania Malaysia Belgium … Read more

HOT TOPIC – The Distinction in Roles of Paraeducators and Teachers

The Distinction in Roles of Paraeducators and Teachers By Doug Van Oort Education Faculty and Paraeducator Certification Coordinator, Kirkwood Community College Maria, who has her high school diploma and recently acquired her Iowa Level I paraeducator certification by taking six college credits, is starting her 17th year as a paraeducator and is highly regarded by … Read more

Break-Out Sessions

We are currently accepting Call For Papers for our 2013 conference. Please visit the Call for Papers section under the Conference tab.   LAST YEAR’S BREAK-OUT SESSIONS: A Toolbox Full of Essentials Needed for a Sucessful Mentor Program Kristen Heiser Assisting with Early Literacy Instruction Ana Pomar, Betty Ashbaker Building Working Relationships as an Effective … Read more

Survey Results on Paraeducator Training, Part 2

In part 1 of our review of the paraeducator training results we went over how many of you have paraeducator training in your state or district and who provides that training. Here are the rest of the results from the survey: How many hours of paraeducator training are available per year? 36.3% of survey respondents … Read more