New Info for School Staff Vaccination Program

OSERS would like to share this earlier post from the U.S. Department of Education regarding the School Staff Vaccination Program.March 9, 2021Dear Educators,On March 2, 2021, President Biden challenged all states, territories, and the District of Columbia to ensure every pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade (pre-K through 12) educator and school staff member and every childcare worker … 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

Para News Roundup

It’s been awhile since we’ve done a roundup of para news… Answers a Very Important Question

Under ideal circumstances, having a certified, enthusiastic, well-prepared paraprofessional can make an enormous difference in the efficiency of your child’s classroom and the implementation of your child’s IEP.

What is a Paraprofessional?

Are you a Paraprofessional Expert?

Think you know a few things about paraeducators? Why not take a few minutes to help some people with questions. Yahoo Answers is the largest question and answer site out there with lots great questions and answers: What’s the dfference of a teacher aide and a teacher assistant? Where is the best place to find … Read more

Welcome Back to School!

Last year, we posted a popular inspirational video of Dalton Sherman, a young man who reminded educators, “We need you now more than ever.” I don’t know if that video can be matched, but here are a few more to help you get excited about a new school year: Taylor Mali answers the question, “What … Read more

NRCP Website- What is Available, Where we are Going and How it Can Help You Presentation

Here is another presentation from today- this one goes through each of the sections of our website and gives a little bit of insight into some of the projects we are planning on working on in the coming months. Enjoy! | View | Upload your own Facebook page for the National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals … Read more

Henrico Prioritizes Pay Raises for Instructional Aides

More than 40 instructional aides from schools across Henrico County attended last night’s public hearing on the district’s proposed 2008-09 budget. Their message was clear: Instructional aides should make at least half the salary of teachers. One parent from the school district understands the importance of paraprofessionals: Caroline Nelson, a Henrico parent, called these workers … Read more

2007 National Conference Pictures

If you have been thinking about attending the upcoming National Conference, but are not quite sure what to expect, take a moment to look through a few pictures that were taken at last years conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico or a from the year before in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Doesn’t that look like fun? What are … Read more

Paraeducator practices smiling skills

From Tacoma, Washington, a thank you to “one of Tacoma’s outstanding paraprofessionals, for her going above and beyond class work.” Janet Caldon praises Christine Wittstock for her participation in a staff development assignment to “smile 10 times to someone who didn’t feel like they deserved it, hadn’t earned it, or didn’t want it:” “As a … Read more