Auburn Washburn Paraeducator
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.“
Paraeducator Calendar 2020-21
August 13 - 26 (Mandatory) Site Level Training; Up to 57 Inservice hours
**MUST sign provided Sign-In sheets and list each topic on Para Inservice Logs. THIS IS A STATE REQUIREMENT**
Optional Inservice Opportunities
October 16 - AWEsome Conference; HS; Misc. Presenters; 4 hours; (Optional)
February 15 - TBD 1/2 Day Para Inservice AS NEEDED (Optional)
March 5 - TBD 1/2 Day Site Level Work Day AS NEEDED (Optional)
May 10 - TBD 1/2 Day Para Inservice AS NEEDED (Optional)
CPI Training (referred by the classroom teacher) 14 hours
Classroom teacher-guided/site level training (Varies) Teacher MUST provide a Sign In sheet.
THE PARAEDUCATOR’S ROLE*as stated in the 2020-21 Auburn Washburn Classified Combined Handbook
The paraeducator will assist the teacher in meeting the academic and physical needs of all children, including the educationally and physically handicapped, and help maintain proper classroom atmosphere.
Personal Qualifications 1. Tolerance and understanding of all children. 2. Initiative, so as to take over when needed without direction. 3. Creativity, for positive input into the program. 4. Adaptability, of all new situations and programs. 5. Good judgment, in decision-making situations. 6. Confidentiality, with all information about children and families. 7. Dependability, with regular attendance and punctuality. 8. Courtesy and tact with all other personnel. 9. Good health and appearance.
Teacher Assistance (Classroom) 1. Arrange according to teacher’s plan. 2. Assists in preparation, care and use of instructional materials and equipment. 3. Assists in maintaining good housekeeping standards. 4. Follows instructions under the leadership of the teacher. 5. Be alert in assisting to maintain desirable behavior standards. 6. Assists in detecting any behavioral, health or physical deviations, which warrant the attention of the teacher. 7. Assumes supervisory role during the teacher’s temporary absence. 8. May assist the teacher in checking pupil’s written assignments.9. Assists in operation and care of standard audiovisual equipment. 10. Performs related duties as assigned.
Pupil Assistance 1. Assists with group and individual activities. 2. Supervises children moving from place to place in a safe, orderly manner. 3. Assists children with personal care and sanitary needs. 4. Assists handicapped children in walking, using wheelchairs and using special equipment. 5. Aids children in using audiovisual equipment. 6. Assists children by following the Individual Education Program under supervision of the teacher. 7. Assists children with the instructional program under the supervision of the teacher. 8. Performs related duties as assigned. 9. Modifications and adaptations may be made under the supervision of the teacher.
Please be aware of a change in philosophy of paraeducator assignments. As we move forward in neighborhood schools and interrelated programs, you will find yourself working in a variety of settings. Included in these settings will be the regular classroom as well as resource rooms. However, a major philosophical change is that you will find yourself becoming less attached to one special education teacher. Instead the philosophy is that a given school has a certain number of positions which are resources to enable more flexible programming for special education students. As a result, you may find yourself working with a number of faculty rather than just one special education teacher. You will continue to be assigned to a special education teacher, but that does not necessarily preclude working only with that teacher.
CODE OF ETHICS FOR PARAEDUCATORS*as stated in the 2020-21 Auburn Washburn Classified Combined Handbook
The paraeducator should discuss the student’s limitations only with the supervising teacher and those directly involved with the student’s educational program.
The paraeducator should refrain from: (1) airing school problems and confidential matters, including personalities, outside of school circles; (2) discussing administrative, interdepartmental, and interschool problems in the presence of pupils; (3) gossiping about problems with those who cannot assist in the solution; and (4) expressing difference of opinion or dissatisfaction with the supervising teacher in the presence of the students.
The paraeducator should be consistent in managing the behavior of the students.