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 to the following four areas of essential professional competency for paraprofessionals:
- Area 1: Essential Instructional Practices
- Area 2: Classroom Organization and Behavior Management
- Area 3: Team Member and Professional Behavior
- Area 4: Supporting Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
The guide also offers practical information and a variety of interactive activities related to how paraprofessionals can effectively differentiate key features of their responsibilities in supporting instruction from those of their teacher colleagues. Additionally, several resources are listed for further learning.
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