In order to be effective in our roles, everyone in the workforce needs to have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. When we don't have role clarity, we are typically more apprehensive, less effective, enjoy our jobs less, and most important, do not fulfill our jobs as intended.
This is no less true for paraeducators and their supervising teachers. Yet, many studies suggest that one of the most pervasive concerns in schools is, in fact, a lack of clarity regarding their roles and responsibilities. Interestingly, one of the biggest reasons for paraeducator burnout is not salary, but lack of clear role definitions.
Define roles and responsibilities for the paraeducator and partner teacher(s)
Delineate the levels of support to provide to students
Examine cautions of "over supporting" students
Explore a tool to assess effectiveness as a paraeducator