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Compliance with NCLB

  • No Child Left Behind: The New ESEA Requirements Title I, Part A, Qualifications for Paraprofessionals (Section 1119)
    • Idaho Paraprofessional Requirements
    • Existing paraprofessionals paid under NCLB must meet these requirements by the end of the 2006 school year, the same timeframe required for Highly Qualified teachers. (NOTE: Paraprofessionals paid under IDEA must have a written plan to meet the Idaho Standards/Competencies within 3 years of hire. This provision will also apply to NCLB paraprofessionals hired after May 2006).

Standards to Measure Professional Growth of Paraeducators

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Policy that Distinguishes Paraeducators Working with Special Education

  • Standards for Paraprofessionals Supporting Students with Special Needs
    • Standards Paraprofessionals Supporting Students
    • These 10 principles are given with Knowledge, Disposition, and Performance goals for each principle.
      • Principle #1: The Paraprofessional has a basic knowledge of the discipline(s) taught and supports the teacher/provider in creating learning experiences that make the subject matter meaningful for students
      • Principle #2: The Paraprofessional has a basic knowledge of how students learn and develop and assists in providing opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.
      • Principle #3: The Paraprofessional knows that students differ in their approaches to learning and assists in creating instructional opportunities that are adapted to students with diverse needs.
      • Principle #4: The Paraprofessional understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to assist the teacher/provider.
      • Principle #5: The Paraprofessional understands the impact of the educational environment on student learning, self-motivation and positive social interaction and assists in creating a positive learning environment.
      • Principle #6: The Paraprofessional uses a variety of communication techniques including verbal, nonverbal, and media in and beyond the classroom.
      • Principle #7: The paraprofessional implements teacher/provider designed instructional plans based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
      • Principle #8: The Paraprofessional supports the teacher/provider in evaluating the intellectual, social and physical development of the student.
      • Principle #9: The Paraprofessional engages in continued professional improvement toward an identified goal.
      • Principle #10: The paraprofessional interacts in a professional, effective manner with colleagues, parents, and other members of the community to support students’ learning and well-being.

Resource Guide for Supervisors: Assisting Local Agencies in Supervision of Paraeducators Beyond NCLB Mandated Expectations

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Standards to Measure the Professional Growth of Teachers in a Position to Supervise Paraeducators

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