Who Is in Charge Here?: Putting Systems in Place to Enhance the Performance of Paraprofessionals

Harriet Fayne (Lehman College, The City University of New York, USA)
Copyright: © 2023 |Pages: 189
EISBN13: 9798369320440|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-8499-9.ch014
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A middle school principal in a low-performing urban middle school recognizes that he must reassess the roles and impact of paraprofessionals within the building. After observing several special education and general education classrooms, he concludes that his teachers are well equipped to manage students but appear to be uncomfortable managing the paraprofessional staff. The principal recognizes the potential for this situation to escalate if left unaddressed and has determined that the time for intervention is now. He would like to devise a plan that aligns with federal, state, and local regulations that also considers the professional development needs of the special education instructional staff in his building. But will this be enough?
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