National Resource Center for Paraeducators (NRCP) Annual Conference

When
March 31-April 3, 2016
Where
Chicago, Illinois

Ritu Chopra, Executive Director of The PAR2A Center, attended the annual conference of the National Resource Center for Paraeducators (NRCP) from March 31 to April 3 Presented 2 sessions (April 1 and April 2) on the topic: Ethical Practices that Build Strong Paraeducator –Teacher Teams.

As the Co-chair of the Paraeducator Special Interest Group of the Teacher Education Division, Council for Exceptional Children (TED- CEC), convened a meeting in collaboration with Dr. Marilyn Likins, Director (NRCP) on April 1. The meeting was attended by leaders representing 18 states. The agenda of the meeting included:

  • Overview of the SIG
  • Recent work completed by the SIG
    • CEC Paraeducator standards (Paraeducator Common Core Guidelines PCCG) alignment with revised teacher educator standards - “What Every Special Educator Should Know” 2009 publication – updated information on paraeducators
    • Position paper on Paraeducator Training - update
      • Ideas for increasing membership
      • Membership Drive to include Higher Education faculty, doctoral students, administrators, teachers
      • SIG’s role with issues related to Interveners – paraeducators who assist students with Deaf-blindness
      • Other Topics
        • Effective Practice Statement on the need for teacher supervision
        • Communication systems for SIG members
        • Venues to promote the CEC Paraeducator Common Core Guidelines – curriculum alignment rubric with article to promote rubric under review
        • Utilization of the TED website to promote paraeducator practices, see http://www.tedcec.org/groups/special-interest-groups/paraeducator-sig
        • Publications & professional development opportunities (ex: Webinars) supported by SIG that are in alignment with the CEC Paraeducator Professional Development Standards – CEC webinars offered “There’s no “I” in Team: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teacher Paraeducator Collaboration

If you need more information about the SIG and want to become member, contact Ritu Chopra