Preparing Paraeducators to Work in Inclusive Classrooms Serving School-Age Students with Disabilities

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A Core Curriculum and Training Program To Prepare Paraeducators to Work in Inclusive Classrooms Serving School-Age Students with Disabilities

As school districts move to serve all children and youth in inclusive classrooms and programs, the roles of teachers are continuing to evolve. To effectively provide services to learners with diverse learning styles, ability levels, and other special needs, differentiated staffing arrangements are emerging. Teachers in general, special, and compensatory education must consult with each other as well as parents and school professionals representing other disciplines. They must also meet regularly with paraeducators to:

  • Share information about the goals and objectives for the class and individual students.
  • Discuss how curriculum content and instructional strategies will be appropriately modified to meet the needs of individuals.
  • Assign tasks to paraeducators.
  • Provide on-the-job training for paraeducators.