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Feature Issue on Paraeducators Supporting Students with Disabilities and At-RiskPublished by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota Volume 15 Number 2 Fall 2002
From the Editors
As the educational environment has changed over the past five decades, so have the roles, responsibilities, training, supervision needs, and expectations in relation to those educational personnel originally called "teacher aids" and today referred to as "paraeducators." Today's paraeducators play a much more involved role in instruction than was the case when they were introduced roughly 50 years ago. In addition, with the movement by students with disabilities into inclusive classrooms, paraeducators have become key to the education and participation of those students alongside their nondisabled peers. And paraeducators have become an integral part of school efforts to meet the needs of increasingly diverse learners in a climate of teacher shortages and often-tightening budgets. This issue of Impact addresses the growing role of paraeducators by describing some of the challenges to that role and offering some guidance and success stories from around the country in the key areas of training, teamwork, supervision, and paraprofessional development. We hope that readers will find ideas and resources in this issue that can help improve the educational infrastructures used to prepare and support paraeducators in their locales, and to enhance the delivery of quality education to our children.
A Teacher's View of Certification (sidebar)
Mary's Story: Wearing Two Hats (sidebar)
A Parent's Experience (sidebar)
Being Part of the Partnership (sidebar)
A Valued Paraprofessional (sidebar)
Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord
- Teri Wallace National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals, and Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Anna Lou Pickett Consultant to the National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals
- Marilyn Likins
National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals, and
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University
Salt Lake City, Utah
Impact is published quarterly by the Institute on Community Integration (UCE), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0506/01 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Grant #H133B980047 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education.
The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, College, University, or their funding sources.
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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu). Citation: Gaylord, V., Wallace, T., Pickett, A. L., and Likins, M. (Eds.). (2002). Impact: Feature Issue on Paraeducators Supporting Students with Disabilities and At-Risk, 15(2) [online]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available from http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/152.
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