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Recruitment & Retention From Our Research Center Paraprofessionals: As the 'Backbones' of the Classroom, They Get Low Pay, Little Support
They are critical to student learning and well-being, but often find better pay and benefits in other fields.
Education Districts Lay Off Thousands of Paraprofessionals as Students Switch to Remote Learning
With looming budget cuts and no clear need for teacher aides, administrators are gutting their paraprofessional staff, a move that could have long-term academic consequences.
Teaching Opinion A 'Communication, Action, Reflection' Cycle Makes a Teacher-Paraprofessional Relationship Work
Three educators share ideas on how to make a teacher-paraprofessional relationship work, including through constant communication, planning, and reflection.
Teaching Profession Paraprofessional With 'Gentle Spirit' Dies at 27 From COVID-19
A former high school athletic standout and homecoming king, Pedro Garcia III “could connect with anybody,” no matter the language, said a teaching colleague in Cozad, Neb.
Teaching Profession When Strikes Happen, Teachers' Aides Have the Most to Lose
School support staff members, including paraprofessionals, can go unpaid when schools are closed—meaning they had more at risk during statewide walkouts than full-time teachers.
Teaching Profession Washington State Taps Paraeducators to Fill Special Education Teacher Shortage
A new law creates a streamlined path for instructional aides, who already have deep experience working with students with disabilities, to gain teaching credentials.
Equity & Diversity Bilingual School Staff Who Want to Teach Face Bureaucratic, Financial Barriers
With the demand for bilingual educators on the rise, a new report explores the kinds of hurdles that make it difficult for multilingual classroom aides to make the transition to becoming teachers.
Teaching Profession Training Gains a Toehold for Instructional Aides in Special Education
Crucial for assuring that school inclusion takes place for students with disabilities, these workers have long been left out of the loop on professional development.