Links for More Information

Communicating Effectively

  1. This American Federation of Teachers article emphasizes how respect and effective communication help educators create a classroom team.
  2. This web site offers advice on communicating effectively with a supervisor.

Paraprofessional Role (Distinction and Clarity)

  1. This article discusses the role paraprofessionals play in the classroom.
  2. This article, “Roles and Responsibilities of Paraprofessionals in Their Own Words,” discusses the perspective of 22 paraprofessionals interviewed for the study.

Active Listening

  1. This site describes and defines several active listening skills.


  1. This article, “When Nice Won’t Suffice,” written mostly for teachers, but applicable to paraprofessionals, is about the importance of candor and forthrightness for school change.
  2. This articles offers advice on how to give feedback honestly and courteously.
  3. “Seven Keys to Effective Feedback” by Grant Wiggins talks about what constructive feedback looks like and how to provide it. The article asks and answers the question, “What is true feedback—and how can it improve learning?”

Following Through

  1. This excerpt from the book, Atomic Habits talks briefly about why follow through is so difficult and how to improve it.