The prefix 'para' means 'alongside of' or 'akin to' (www.nea.org). Paraprofessionals are valued members of educational instructional teams who work alongside and under the guidance of certified teachers. Since the mid-50's, paraprofessionals have been employed to support teachers in providing educational programming and individualized services for students with exceptionalities across all educational settings. They are an integral part of the educational process.
Since ongoing training is important to paraprofessionals’ growth, Idaho Special Education Support and Technical Assistance (SESTA) are developing resources including just-in-time online instructional modules and professional materials to either provide or supplement district level training.
Launch Providing Explicit Instruction
Launch Introduction to Using Prompts
Launch Implementing Evidence-Based Prompts
Launch Understanding Behavior
Launch Replacement Behavior
Launch AAC Basics
Launch AAC Implementation
Launch Engagement for Instruction
Launch Feedback for Instruction
Launch Paraprofessional: FERPA
Launch The Role of the Paraprofessional in the General Education Classroom