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The Paraeducator Role in Inclusive Schools

National Clearinghouse for Paraeducator Resources Web Site (
This resource operated by the Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research at the University of Southern California offers an extensive collection of online full-text articles addressing various aspects of the paraeducator role in education, abstracts from the ERIC Database on paraeducators, a description of numerous paraeducator-to-teacher career ladder programs, additional paraeducator resources, and an opportunity to subscribe to a listserv electronic discussion forum on paraeducators.

National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals.
The center offers training events and materials for paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators; technical assistance to facilitate development of state and local systems and infrastructures that support the work of paraprofessionals; publishes a newsletter and Web site; and sponsors an annual national conference. For more information visit the Web site at or call 435/797-7272.

IDEAPractices Web site (
The Web site is designed to answer questions and provide information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and support efforts to help all children learn. A search of the site by the term “paraprofessional” yields over 50 resources, including The Paraprofessional’s Guide to the Inclusive Classroom; the SpeNSE Fact Sheet – The Role of Paraprofessionals in Special Education; and IDEA Practices – Knowledge and Skills for Teachers Supervising the Work of Paraprofessionals.


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Citation: Gaylord, V., Vandercook, T., and York-Barr, J. (Eds.). (2003). Impact: Feature Issue on Revisiting Inclusive K-12 Education, 16(1) [online]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available from


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