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Now Accepting Applications for Paraprofessionals

Apply today to be a paraprofessional. Join our team!

Who is a Paraprofessional? 

The term ‘Paraprofessional’ is defined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and in the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). ESSA says “The term ‘paraprofessional,’ also known as ‘paraeducator,’ includes an education assistant and instructional assistant.” IDEA allows paraprofessionals who are appropriately trained and supervised, according to state policy and federal regulations, to assist in the provision of special education and related services. Each state is required to establish and maintain qualifications to ensure paraprofessionals are appropriately and adequately trained.

Paraprofessionals are school employees who can increase learning opportunities by giving students opportunities to practice skills; providing students with more individualized instruction; supporting Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). All of this is done under the supervision of a licensed/certified professional.

The major responsibility of the paraprofessional is to contribute to an effective team environment that supports student learning. The job of the paraprofessional has many roles. The work performed will vary depending upon policies and job assignments.

Our Paraprofessionals at PCR-I are caring individuals who work with educators to help our students reach their goals by providing more individualized instruction. If that sounds interesting to you, Apply today to be a paraprofessional!