The OSEP-funded center focuses on recruitment and retention of special education and early intervention personnel and provides a career information page for paraeducators.
The PAR2A Center provides a variety of resources for system development including A Manual for State or District-wide Adoption of CO-TOP: a Systematic, Comprehensive and Sustainable In-service Paraeducator Training Program (posted 2/23/23) and the CO-TOP Trainer Handbook (2005).
This center was funded by OSEP to study certification, training programs and personnel supply and demand for the Early Childhood Programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Personnel Prep Briefing Book (2004) provides data on paraprofessional utilization by Part C.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) provides paraeducator preparation guidelines and standards. See their page for Paraeducators.
Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. provides a Guide for Developing Paraeducator to Teacher Programs (2000).
The Minnesota Paraprofessional Consortium provides resources and guidance to a variety of activities for the paraprofessional workforce including guiding principles, core competencies, skill assessments and training resources.
The Department of Public Instruction has developed a Resource Manual: The Implementation of Effective Paraeducator Practices in Educational Settings.
The Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Special Education's Paraeducator Project has developed Special Education Core Competencies for special education paraeducators working in educational settings.
The Department of Public Instruction provides definitions, supports, and requirements and Frequently Asked Questions About Special Education Paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals and Competencies and Professional Development Options (January 2006) provides a framework for professional development.
A bulletin collaboratively supported by DPI, DHS and the Waisman Center at UW at Madison features Paraprofessional: Roles for Assistants and Paraprofessionals in Birth to 3 and 3 to 5 (May 2007) including an IEP input form for paraprofessionals.
The California Department of Developmental Services sponsors the Community College Paraprofessional Preparation Project for persons interested in working with infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities.
The University of Southern California Rossier School of Education Latino and Language Minority Teacher Projects (USCLLMTP) is increasing the number of Latinos (as) and language minorities in the teaching profession by creating a career track for practicing language minority paraeducators.
Project PARA at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln offers training programs for paraeducators and the teachers who supervise them.
The Virginia Paraprofessional Early Childhood Project, an OSEP-funded personnel preparation project working with Virginia's Community College System to prepare paraprofessionals to work with young children with disabilities and their families in a variety of early childhood settings.