Two types of special education paraprofessionals provide support in Pennsylvania schools
Instructional paraprofessionals work under the guidance of both general and special education teachers to support educational programming. Paraprofessionals may be called classroom aides, teacher assistants, instructional aides, or job coaches.
Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) provide one-to-one, non-instructional support to individual students for activities of daily living, health, behavior, etc.
For the 2016-2017 school year, PaTTAN will offer training for special education paraprofessionals online at http://pattan.framewelder.com. These online training sessions will provide practical information regarding educational methods and resources for special education paraprofessionals who work with students in a variety of educational settings. Content covered in these sessions will help special education paraprofessionals gain knowledge related to the standards outlined in the Pennsylvania Credential of Competency Checklist, and obtain in-service training hours required by Pennsylvania regulations. Nine hours of new sessions will be offered.
Download the Training Brochure
New materials are available for training teachers and paraprofessional teams.
Power Point presentations with notes pages along with activity/resource packets are available for professional development personnel to use in training paraprofessionals. Materials may be viewed and downloaded by clicking the link: Paraprofessional Training Materials
- Special Education Paraprofessional Staff Development Log
November 13, 2008
- Online Training Series for Special Education Paraprofessionals
September 19, 2016
- Student Profile
March 1, 2012
- Special Education Paraprofessional Portfolio
April 1, 2015
- Danita Baber
Autism, Paraprofessionals, School Psychology
- Dawn Durham
Reading, Paraprofessionals, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
- Tara Russo
Mathematics, Paraprofessionals, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
- Wendy Farone
Data Analysis, Reading, Paraprofessionals, Students with Complex Support Needs, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)