Defining Roles and the Necessary Skills for the 21st Century Paraeducator

Session Title

Defining Roles and the Necessary Skills for the 21st Century Paraeducator

Presenter/s

Mindy Speichler
Cecilia

Description

In the school setting, there are too many tasks for any one person or group of persons to accomplish. We need help in many areas, which means we need a team to educate our students. Most important, as our world has changed, our children’s needs have changed, too. Educational teams are becoming ever more vital to schools, as schools take on more responsibility for children. The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A) recognized the increased reliance upon team members in the education system. Their roles have become more complex, demanding and diverse. To address these changing needs, the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Mentor Program offers a comprehensive training for staff to learn to work cohesively as an effective instructional unit. To have a positive and successful classroom it is imperative that all members of the educational team be able to define their current role and recognize the importance of those roles in a classroom setting. Once positions are defined, hierarchies of skills and knowledge can be elevated. This training offered by the Mentor Program is a powerful resource, allowing staff to practice and strengthen a variety of skill sets that help in obtaining positive student outcomes.