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Best Practices in Utilizing Special Education Assistants

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Released November 2010. In this report, Hanover Research examines scholarship and best practices on utilizing special education assistants. We begin by exploring the current roles of paraprofessionals in inclusion settings, noting the drawbacks to paraprofessionals stepping into the role of instructor and caregiver without the guidance of certified professionals. Next, the report outlines management strategies for teachers and administrators who oversee paraprofessionals, followed by a look at special education as it functions in a modular or block schedule setting. The report ends with a series of case studies detailing different public school districts’ strategies for utilizing paraprofessionals to the benefit of students.

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