The following resources have been developed and shared by three Ohio school districts as a result of their participation in OPEPP. The resources reflect some of the work the districts have undertaken to help build their capacity to use paraprofessionals effectively.
Roles and Responsibilities Chart (Alexander Elementary School)
The roles and responsibilities chart outlines particular job responsibilities of each level of staff member working with students to promote clarity around job functions. Building leadership devotes time at staff meetings to share and explain the chart to all staff.
OAPSE Contract Specific to Paraprofessionals
The OAPSE contract reflects the newly agreed upon paraprofessional growth, reflection and evaluation process. The team determined that starting with this particular component would create professional development opportunities for paraprofessionals as well as create opportunities for growth.
Paraprofessional Job Description
The paraprofessional job description includes paraprofessionals’ current roles and responsibilities.
Paraprofessional Growth Plan
Similar to the OTES process for teachers, the paraprofessional growth plan allows paraprofessionals to create goals in order to identify growth and potential areas of need for the school year.
The paraprofessional self-assessment is used for the paraprofessional placement process to identify the paraprofessional’s “fit” for a position he or she has chosen for the upcoming school year. It also allows paraprofessionals to identify areas of reinforcement and refinement in their current role.
This paraprofessional evaluation is aligned to the paraprofessional job description. The “essential job functions” were used as the guidelines and framework to develop the paraprofessional evaluation.
Grade Band Specific Inclusive Needs Assessments (1st grade; 7th grade; 10th grade)
The grade band-specific inclusive needs assessment identifies many of the barriers to student achievement by reviewing pertinent data that would necessitate the need for a grade level inclusive paraprofessional to support students instructionally and behaviorally. The needs assessment is used in conjunction with a rubric that considers the data as a decision making framework to justify the need for paraprofessional support.
A Guide for Understanding the Roles of Westfall Local School District’s Paraprofessionals
School Year 2018-2019
This guide was developed to identify and clarify the roles of paraprofessionals and the staff that work with them. The guide defines the roles of the district’s paraprofessionals to promote effective and efficient use of paraprofessionals in the classroom. The descriptions of the roles are reviewed annually and revised as needed.