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Resources for Paraeducators

Organizations that Support Paraeducators
AFT PSRP (Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel)
The Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division of the American Federation of Teachers represents more than 360,000 school support staff in K-12 districts, colleges and universities throughout the country.

Alternative Routes to Certification (Washington State)
Alternative pathways for paraeducators to become teachers in high need areas such as special education, science, math and ELL.

Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education (COPSSE)
A partnership between the University of Florida (UF) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU)—uses insights from research to address special education personnel issues.

National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals (NRCP)
The National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals provides information and community resources to serve paraeducators, teachers, policymakers and administrators. is a way to provide high quality training and regularly updated information and services to paraeducators and the teachers with whom they work.

Study of Personnel Needs in Special Education (SPeNSE)
SPeNSE was designed to address concerns about nationwide shortages in the number of personnel serving students with disabilities and the need for improvement in the qualifications of those employed.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (US Department of Education)
NCLB Act of 2001 is designed to increase accountability of students in schools, and to ensure that they are getting proper education.


  • Let's Team Up: A Checklist for Paraeducators, Teachers and Principals, Kent Gerlach, 5th Edition, National Education Association of the United States, 2007
  • A Teacher's Guide to Working with Paraeducators and Other Classroom Aides, Jill Morgan, Betty Y Ashbaker, 2001
  • Supervising Paraeducators in Educational Settings: A Team Approach, Anna Lou Pickett and Kent Gerlach, 2nd Edition, Pro-Ed, 2003


ESEA Section 1119
Title I Requirements

WAC 392-172A-02090
Special Education
Core Competency Requirements

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