Employing, Developing and Directing Special Education Paraprofessionals in Inclusive Education Programs: Findings From a Multi-Site Case Study

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A report describing the systems that three school districts used to employ, develop, and direct special education paraprofessionals to work effectively in inclusive education programs. Findings cluster around six key areas: the work of paraprofessionals in inclusive education programs, the work of special educators in supporting paraprofessionals, developing the knowledge and skills of paraprofessionals, collaboration that supports special educators in directing the work of paraprofessionals, recruiting and employing paraprofessionals, and understanding paraprofessional turnover and its effects.

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