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

Survey Results on Paraeducator Training, Part 1

First of all, thank you to everyone who filled out the survey on paraeducator training in our recent newsletter! There were lots of responses and we gathered some great data, the first part of that data is summarized below: Do you have paraeducator training in your state? 53.1% Answered Yes 46.9% Answered No Who provides … Read more

What’s in a Name?

By Anna Lou Pickett THE NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER IS CHANGING ITS NAME.During the latter half of the 20th century, several events took place that led to dramatic changes in our nation’s schools. To address critical shortages in the ranks of licensed teachers that began in the 1950s, a few schools began to employ “teacher aides” … Read more

Para Spotlight: The Dynamic Foursome

Story submitted by Taya Johnson, Behavior Specialist, Davis Special Education Department Do you have a story to share? Ask almost anyone in the Davis School District if they are aware of a team of Paraeducators who appears to have super-human powers for working with behaviorally challenging students and you will be told, “Yes!” The job … Read more

Opening 2011 Conference Keynote from Marilyn Likins and Gina R. Scala

Keyed In, Logged On, Charged Up! Paraprofessionals Connecting with 21st Century Learners The conference started off this morning with the opening keynote address from Marilyn Likins and Gina R. Scala. Gina talked about knewly revised Knowledge & Skill Standards for Paraprofessionals from CEC (coming soon) and the importance of being involved in legislative issues. Gina challenged … Read more

Back to School Special

We recently came across a couple of stressful accounts from paras of their first day back from school: I’m a paraeducator for children. Today was our first day. I am praying for patience. Not with the kids. The kids are great. My stress levels are so high after this morning, that I have a horrible … Read more

Save the Date! (2011 National Conference)

The NRCP 2011 Paraprofessional Conference has been scheduled for: May 12-14, 2011 At the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Call for papers will be posted soon and additional information will be forthcoming. Sign up for our newsletter to receive conference updates in your inbox!