Perhaps now more than ever paraeducators are playing critical roles in helping certified and licensed school staff serve an increasingly diverse student population. In order for paraeducators to be effective, teachers and principals need to have a clear understanding of the role and how to effectively direct and oversee these highly dedicated people. In this course we'll define the key roles and responsibilities of supervising teachers, discuss the need for teacher and paraeducator teamwork and highlight best practices related to the management and supervision of paraeducators performing commonly assigned tasks.
Kent Gerlach, Ed.D.
Kent Gerlach is nationally recognized for his contributions, research and publications on paraeducator issues (employment, training and supervision), collaboration, team-building, special education law and issues of child abuse. Kent has authored Let’s Team Up: A Checklist for Teachers, Paraeducators and Principals and co-authored Supervising Paraeducators in Educational Settings and Paraeducators in the Schools. He has also served as consultant to the Council for Exceptional Children, National Education Association, American Speech and Hearing Association, IDEA Partnerships, Recruiting Teachers, Inc. and National Directors of Special Education. Kent is Professor Emeritus in the School of Education and Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, conducts professional development workshops for teachers, paraeducators and administrators throughout the United States and Canada and is a frequent presenter at educational conferences.