Paraeducators: Assisting and Supporting Instruction

Paraeducators: Assisting and Supporting Instruction

Paraeducators increasingly play important roles in assisting and supporting teachers as they provide high quality instruction. In many cases, paraeducators help support students who require accommodations and/or modifications in order to be successful in school. In this course, you’ll learn about the roles of the paraeducator and the use of accommodations and modifications in the classroom.

Course Authors
Allison MacMahon
Allison has been a special education teacher for over sixteen years and has worked with students with emotional and learning disabilities. For the last six years she has supported students and teachers as an instructional specialist in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). As a part of the ACPS Instructional Team, she has provided tailored professional learning for teachers regarding best practices in the field of special education. She has been a presenter twice at the annual conference of CEC. She believes in strong collaboration among educators to provide students with disabilities specially designed instruction to support their success in life.


Nicole Barrion
Nicole Barrion has served in the educational field for over 18 years, supporting children, teachers and administrators through engaging and differentiated techniques. As a specialist in inclusive practices, Nicole has helped to develop and employ strategic plans to propel schools in creating effective inclusive environments. She has presented at national conferences to share strategies and tools that monitor inclusive practices. Nicole’s background as both a general education and special education teacher allows her to connect with both groups of educators. She is passionate about working alongside educators as an instructional coach, ensuring effective implementation of best practices for students with and without disabilities.


25 minutes