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About paraeducate

ParaEducate is a company run to help reach out to paraeducators or paraprofessionals in public K-12 schools, giving advice, talking about publications that ParaEducate produces, and other useful information regarding working in public school settings.

April’s Balancing Act

April is such an odd month. It’s caught in the middle between Spring Break, testing, and the end of the year sprint. And for students with disabilities this is either the time of year to get caught up or wind … Continue reading

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Challenge Day Distractive Thoughts

When this week started, as does every week we publish, we normally have about twelve to fifteen blog ideas running around. Sometimes we scramble those ideas because something happens in the middle of the week and that highlights something that … Continue reading

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Taking Note

Renay is a bit smug when she walks into some districts for training. She can identify the ones who work secondary from the ones who work elementary quite quickly. It’s because the ones in secondary mostly know how to take … Continue reading

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The Hodgepodge of ParaEducate

This week we’ve been collecting a trail of ideas but nothing has really been sticking. However, if we just waited for them to get bigger, we don’t really think we’d ever let these posts see the light of day. We … Continue reading

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Recap #caltash2018

Cal-TASH is home. Six years ago, Renay and Megan introduced ParaEducate to a Cal-TASH audience. So having skipped last year in favor of SXSWEdu 2017, we were glad to be back with a very familiar venue and familiar faces. One … Continue reading

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It’s our Sixth Anniversary! Technically yesterday. That is the hazard of being a ‘leap year’ company. One of the things that seems the most often confusing is honestly at what point did “ParaEducate” become separate from “ParaEducate [the book]”? The … Continue reading

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In special education, sometimes there is and there is not an elephant in the room. Elephants tend to take the form of questions such as, “When will the behaviorist [or other support service] actually get us something we can read … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: An Open Letter to My Special Needs Student:

In November of 2017, we were contacted by Rebekah Edwards, a paraeducator asking to be a guest blogger for us. After reading her first post, we agreed her story was something worth sharing. Rebekah reached out to us from a … Continue reading

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The Professional Contract

We’ve spoken a lot about the relationship that a paraeducator can have with students, but not really done an amazing job with the relationship between general education teachers and paraeducators. We’ve spoken a bit about getting teachers to utilize the … Continue reading

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How do you learn that? Getting over the fear of computers

So it’s pretty much no secret that Renay has always been very well versed in technology. If you ask her, the story goes into something about early introduction, a cart rolled in during kindergarten, but never being able to touch … Continue reading

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