Educational Technicians Workshops
May 29, 2013
2nd Virtual Session - Packet
March 6, 2013
1st Virtual Session - Packet
Live Session - January 2013 - Handouts
Resources for Educational Technicians
The Council for Exceptional Children
CEC gathers information about knowledge and skills for beginning special education paraeducators. This direct link contains knowledge and skills statements
ParaPro Assessment - Praxis
The Praxis Series™ tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations.
No Child Left Behind
Maine Regulations for Paraprofessionals. A paraprofessional is an instructional staff person who does not hold the position of teacher, but assists in the classroom under the guidance of a teacher. Sometimes paraprofessionals are called teacher aides or instructional aides.
Requirements for Highly Qualified Paraprofessionals
Archived articles explaining the No Child Left Behind Act of 2004.
SPARC (Special Ed Alternate Route to Certification)
Through a partnership with the University of Maine Farmington, Network staff are providing coaching to students enrolled in the SPARC program. Designed to meet the challenge of severe shortages of special education teachers in Maine school districts, the program includes online courses and face-to-face coaching for teachers and ed techs with a bachelor’s degree seeking Special Education 282 certification.
is a nationally recognized center that provides training, consultations, and technical assistance in the areas of assistive technology, specialized software, Web accessibility, and universal design in education.
Northern and Downeast Pilot
The Northern and Downeast recruitment, preparation and retention pilot (NDEP) seeks to develop qualified special education teachers in Aroostook and Washington counties through a partnership with UMS universities in the region. While the program is open to all individuals, we encourage enrollment by people with disabilities and minorities, including individuals from the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy tribes of Pleasant Point and Peter Dana Point, and other Native American groups.
Working with Paraprofessionals
While certified or licensed professionals are ultimately responsible for success and safety of the students in our classrooms, those tasks would be much more difficult if it were not for paraprofessionals. They have become essential providers of special education support in our schools.
In recent years, paraprofessionals have typically been hired to serve in inclusive classrooms. Most assist teachers with the entire class roster, meeting the needs of certain students with disabilities while assisting others too. Some serve as "one-to-one" aides, solely serving the needs of a student with a severe disability. Check out this site to learn more.