The purpose of the Paraeducator Special Interest Group (SIG) is to promote the professional practices of all paraeducators serving individuals with exceptionalities and support appropriate training, supervision, and evaluation of performance relevant to their employment duties.
A paraeducator is an employee who, following appropriate training, performs tasks as prescribed and supervised by the licensed/certified professional/practitioner. Paraeducators perform specific duties as directed by the licensed/certified professional/practitioner. The licensed/certified professional/practitioner maintains responsibility for assessing the individual learner, the family needs and plan, evaluates and modifies programs and services based upon these assessments (IDEA Partnerships, 2001). U.S. Department of Education. (2001). IDEA Partnerships Paraprofessional Initiative. Washington, D.C.
Membership in the Paraeducator SIG is free of charge. If you are interested in learning more about this SIG, please email the Co-Chairs Dr. Denise Uitto and/or Ritu V. Chopra.