This guide is for special education teachers who are responsible for managing paraprofessional or other classroom aides. One aspect of being a special educator that many are often unprepared for is the role of supervising paraprofessionals and other classroom aides. Since teacher preparation focuses heavily on instruction, there is rarely a time that there is a course designed to support teachers in managing other adults.
Because of this, most teachers start out ill-equipped for their new role of supervisor. Additionally, administrators often do not have the time or even recognize the importance of supporting special education teachers in clearly defining roles and outlining expectations for paraprofessionals in the classroom.
This guide was created to support special education teachers with working with their paraprofessionals in a way that communicates clear expectations and develops a positive working relationship that supports student outcomes. Much of the conflict that unfolds between adults special education classrooms, could be avoided by having honest conversations and clearly defining roles and responsibilities early on. This guide was created to walk you step-by-step through this process and includes the following topics:
Determining Your Leadership Style
Roles and Responsibilities of Your Paraprofessional
Monitoring Implementation of Tasks
Planning for Communication
Planning for Instruction
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