OPEPP efforts focus on the strengthening of systems that support paraprofessionals and those who prepare and develop them. Through an innovative partnership model, OPEPP engages school districts, regional providers, and higher education through information dissemination, training and technical assistance designed to build the capacity of paraprofessionals to support instruction and student learning. Statewide in its service reach, OPEPP is coordinated through the Columbus-based Systems Development & Improvement Center, which is part of the University of Cincinnati, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.
Click here to read OPEPP’s study of paraprofessionals and how districts currently use them. The study also points to ways districts might use parapros more effectively in the future to support effective instruction for all Ohio students.