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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.

Just A Talk

Renay has been up to her ears in work lately. So the piles around ParaEducate look a lot different than they have in the past. There are a lot of things being cut, lots of lamination, perhaps more traditional lamination … Continue reading

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Are There Levels

Years ago, when one of Renay’s godsons was a toddler, Renay recalled him getting into a bag while she helped the family move. And in the bag, the toddler’s father had packed some sports equipment. Of course, he was very … Continue reading

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Guess Who’s Back?

Summer was different this year. Renay was working on an early draft of her Master’s Project so we did not publish anything this summer, and while Renay was at a digital conference, she did not present this year. There is … Continue reading

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Changing Tides

It is the end of Teacher Appreciation Week. And we hope that everyone has had the opportunity to appreciate the fact that teachers on our sites and especially our special education teachers are working to make things work for all … Continue reading

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If We Can’t Surrender

Renay has been spending March in that whole malaise that focuses on the sprint to Spring Break. There are things that still need to happen. Tests, academic progress, parent-teacher conferences. But Renay has been noodling some different thoughts. Most recently … Continue reading

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Thinkin’ of the Day

Renay was taking in the words of a multicultural conference this weekend when the news came across that Judith Heumann had passed. Immediately Renay, ParaEducate, and Inclusion From Square One, joined in the growing choir of people who wanted to … Continue reading

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Our anniversaries in the past have been a reminder of all that we have done. Whether it was encapsulated within a year or a promise to keep working through the steps necessary to reach other paraeducators. With a dozen of … Continue reading

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All The Small Things

One of the unique qualities of some of the best paraeducators is knowing when to step in and run at full capacity anticipating the needs of all the individuals in a classroom in any given situation. However, that skill, for … Continue reading

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Roots and Branches

Renay called in a favor because she had some ideas that were going unchecked. Renay met up with a familiar face—the person who taught Renay how to be a paraeducator over eighteen years ago. Today, that individual is now a … Continue reading

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Still Waiting

We had a moment a week ago, where we were discussing what inclusion could be with someone who was in an entirely different district. We know that inclusion feels like it is stalled. That for every child, inclusion looks different, … Continue reading

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