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A trained worker who is not a member of a given profession but assists a professional.
Of or performing the work of a paraprofessional.


designating a person who is not fully qualified in a profession, but who helps qualified professionals with their work
a paraprofessional person


(ˌpær ə prəˈfɛʃ ə nl)

1. a person trained to assist a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or other professional.
2. of or pertaining to paraprofessionals.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paraprofessional - a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
legal assistant, paralegal - a person with specialized training who assists lawyers
paramedic, paramedical - a person trained to assist medical professionals and to give emergency medical treatment
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As the number of students with developmental disabilities included in the general education classroom increases, it is expected that the number of one-on-one paraprofessionals will also increase to provide academic and behavioral supports.
Provide with your bid a training agenda for substitute paraprofessionals.
493 million from last year, not only would the schools not get the 11 positions that the principals thought were "adequate'' to run the district, but an additional six teachers and six paraprofessionals would need to be cut, Gale said.
Dandy (1998) considers paraprofessionals to be teaching assistants, clerks, and other school employees with or without baccalaureate degrees.
More than 260,000 resources are available to teachers and paraprofessionals for free , and Share My Lesson has seen approximately 2.
field-tested guide is intended as an introduction to the many issues faced every day by paraprofessionals working in a variety of K-12 settings, and provides examples from both general and special education.
This issue covers topics including self-determination instruction, online tutoring, reading assessment, occupational aspirations of individuals with high incidence disabilities, involvement of paraprofessionals, and behavior interventions.
Extrinsic vs Intrinsic Motivation for Paraprofessionals
Additionally, replication studies should determine whether the current findings are maintained across exceptionalities, paraprofessionals, teachers, and differing degrees of administrative support.
The author states that this book is not meant to be a "how to guide" for paraprofessionals, but rather a means of showing certified teachers and paraprofessionals that they can be a strong, effective team in the inclusive classroom.
Abstract: This survey of teachers of students with visual impairments and paraprofessionals who work with students with visual impairments found that more than 35% of the paraprofessionals were providing direct instruction in skills in the expanded core curriculum.
Since No Child Left Behind became law and increased educational requirements for these paraprofessionals, more than 200 community colleges across the country have created training programs for them, according to the National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals.