Teachers Coaching Paraprofessionals

Teachers Can Coach Parapros

Teachers may not be the formal supervisors of the parapros with whom they work, but they do take responsibility for making instructional plans, including plans for what the parapros in their classrooms will be doing on a day-to-day basis. We prefer the term “coach” to terms such as “supervisor” or “supervising teacher,” however, because “coaching” connotes...

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Tailor Professional Development to Meet Paraprofessionals’ Needs

This article explains the importance of integrating the professional development of paraprofessionals into the district professional development plan, as a way to build paraprofessionals’ knowledge and skills so they can support students more effectively. Download Now

Using the OPEPP Model as a Guide for Your District

This download explains the OPEPP model: Download Now

The OPEPP Practice Continuum

The OPEPP Practice Continuum Guide is designed to share best practices related to organizational deployment of paraprofessionals to support effective use of paraprofessionals in districts and schools. Click here to download a copy of this resource.

Case Study Findings: Conditions Contributing to Successful Teacher-Paraprofessional Partnerships

This document describes conditions that contributed to the successful engagement of paraprofessionals on instructional teams in four Ohio schools. These case studies examining teacher-paraprofessional partnerships reveal that successful engagement of paraprofessionals on instructional teams was influenced by four factors: the professional preparation of paraprofessional; the continuity and quality of the teacher-paraprofessional partnership; effective communication, and establishment of a climate that...

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A Teaching Guide for Working Independently or with Groups of Educators

This guide may help districts and schools draw on lessons learned from the four case studies conducted of successful teacher-paraprofessional partnerships in Ohio. The guide may serve as a tool that districts or schools can use in professional learning sessions with their own teacher-paraprofessional teams to illustrate effective practices of instructional teams. Click here to download...

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Improving Results for All Children: Guidelines for Ohio Paraprofessionals Supporting the Education of Children with Disabilities and Learning Difficulties

This guide provides an overview of the role of paraprofessionals as instructional team members in the education of children and young adults with disabilities. Sections in this guide include information about paraprofessional history, laws and definition; roles of teachers and paraprofessionals in the instructional process; introduction to special education and definitions of “disability;” and an introduction to key content related...

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Working with Ohio’s Paraprofessional Educators

This practice guide provides ideas about how school districts can use paraprofessionals effectively as instructional helpers. With this aim in mind, the guide considers structures, processes, and practices for building the instructional capacity of paraprofessionals and the teachers who work most directly with them. Download as PDF. Teachers Coaching Paraprofessionals The purpose of this guide is to share effective...

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