A paraprofessional is a specially trained, credentialed educational worker who supports students in school under the supervision of a teacher. A paraprofessional may be referred to as a paraeducator, special education paraprofessional, teaching assistant, instructional assistant, or ed tech.
Paraprofessionals bring immeasurable value to the classroom. Students with disabilities, or those who need additional instruction, require extra attention in order to help them understand the lesson. Paraprofessionals help teachers save valuable class time by working with these students and helping them keep pace with their peers. Without the added help, students can fall further behind.
In partnership with the School Districts, UWS is funding a paraprofessional position at selected schools of focus. Paraprofessionals work with children in kindergarten or 1st grade classrooms to increase literacy scores of children not reading on grade-level. UWS is currently providing this support at the following schools:
- Palm River
- Palm View
- Rogers Garden
- Lealman Ave
- Pone De Leon
- Sandy Lane