What do Paraprofessionals do…. …in Minnesota Classrooms?. MN Definition of “Paraprofessional”. MN 3525.0200 DEFINITIONS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION –
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…in Minnesota Classrooms?
MN 3525.0200 DEFINITIONS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION –
Subp. 10a. Paraprofessional. “Paraprofessional” means a district employee who is primarily engaged in direct instruction with one or more pupils for instructional activities, physical or behavior management, or other purposes under the direction of a regular education or special education teacher or related services provider.
- (Pickett, 2002)
What has seemed to work?
What could work better?
organizing instructional and other materials);
- Providing one-on-one instruction;
- Providing instructional support in small groups;
- Modifying materials;
- Implementing behavior management plans;
- Monitoring hallways, study hall, other;
- Meeting with teachers;
- Collecting data on students; and
- Providing personal care assistance.
What does it mean to assist and support the teacher in providing services
What are appropriate roles for paraprofessionals?
Some paraprofessionals report that they are fully responsible for the instructional program of a student. Still others report making instructional decisions, writing IEPs, and more.
Are these appropriate roles?
Minnesota developed a set of Core Competencies for Instructional Paraprofessionals. These should be used to guide training, portfolio development, and more.
Find the full competency list and other resources at…
Philosophical, Historical, and Legal Foundations of Education
Characteristics of Students
Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation
Instructional Content and Practice
Supporting the Teaching and Learning Environment
Managing Student Behavior and Social Interaction Skills
Communication and Collaborative Partnerships
Professionalism and Ethical Practices
Academic Instructional Skills in Math, Reading, and Writing