Listening to Dr. Julie Causton’s webinar over Paraprofessionals Role in an Inclusive Setting, I heard some great suggestions for first steps paraprofessionals can take when in an inclusive setting supporting students with disabilities.
Step 1: Read the student’s IEP to become familiar with the student’s goals, accommodations, and if applicable, modifications and behavior plan.
Step 2: Talk with the classroom teacher and the supervising special education teacher about your role for helping students become independent in the classroom.
Step 3: Talk with the classroom teacher about your role in the classroom that supports the idea of helping all students in the room.
Step 4: Talk with the classroom teachers and the supervising special education teacher about ideas for fading support, what will it look like, what is his/her expectation for fading support, what is the plan for fading support.
Step 5: Talk with the classroom teacher about running small groups to help carry out planned materials, adaptions, and lesson objectives.
Step 6: Set up with the classroom teacher and supervising special education teacher regularly scheduled time to communicate about the work you are doing with the students.
Step 7: Talk with the classroom teacher about your introduction to the class as part of the instructional team and not as a specific student’s helper.
Step 8: Find out from your district the policy for your role in parent communication and the school’s expectation of your role with parent communication.
For more information about Paraprofessionals and their roles in Inclusive Schools, check out the Working with Paraprofessionals: A Resource for Teachers of Students with Disabilities.
For more information about Dr. Julie Causton, visit her website, http://www.inspireinclusion.com.