Preparing Paraeducators to Work in Transitional Services and Supported Employment Programs

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A Core Curriculum and Training Program To Prepare Paraeducators to Work in Transitional Services and Supported Employment Programs

While the roles of paraeducators employed in transition and vocational education programs are similar to their counterparts who work in more traditional classroom settings, there are major differences. Because much of their time is spent off campus in community learning or vocational training activities, they have more autonomy with regard to adapting instructional strategies and methods to meet the needs of individual students. They also participate as active members of IEP/ITP team meetings. They are frequently called upon to communicate information and provide assistance to parents, and they serve as liaisons between the school, employers, and personnel in other provider agencies.