Also called “parapros,” “paraprofessionals,” paras,” “teacher assistants,” “instructional assistants,” or “one-on-one aides,” paraeducators help teachers, who are responsible for the design and implementation of educational programs and services. They provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as those who don’t speak English, or those with physical and mental disabilities; student supervision in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, schoolyards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips; and individual or small-group tutoring to help students master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
Most paraeducator positions are part-time (up to 6 hours per day) and 180 days per year.
Benefits depend on the number of hours worked and the local union-negotiated agreement. They may include the following:
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