Working With Paraprofessionals

The information addresses both general and special education settings. It does not include non-instructional responsibilities such as assisting in diapering, positioning, feeding, etc. This guide is a resource. It is not a strict set of “rules” that must be followed. The appropriate state and federal laws are included throughout this document. This document can serve as a starting point to spark conversations on a campus or within a district (LEA). During conversations, it is important to communicate that supports provided to students who receive special education services need to be individualized; and vary from student to student, setting-to- setting, and even within a class period, according to the type of instruction being delivered (whole group direct instruction, small group, reteach, etc.).