National Resource Center for Paraeducators (NRCP) Annual Conference

March 31-April 3, 2016
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
        • 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