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Less than 13% of all current teachers are persons of color, while over one third of their students are of color. There is no argument that all teachers must have the knowledge, abilities, and dispositions to meet the needs of students. However, in a society that is increasingly multilingual, multiethnic and multicultural in makeup, we need to expand our efforts to recruit and prepare a more diverse pool of prospective teachers.

The nation's nearly 500,000 paraeducators represent a promising source of prospective new teachers, at once more representative of and more rooted in the communities in which they serve. Current research (Genzuk & Baca, 1998; Genzuk, 1997; Haselkorn & Fideler, 1996) suggests that well prepared paraeducator-to-teacher program graduates bring a wealth of community and student knowledge to their practice, attributes that are highly regarded in today's diverse classrooms.

This NCPR clearinghouse is committed to the charge of providing a comprehensive repository of information, as well as a forum to further the discussion, for achieving the goal of bringing talented paraeducators into the ranks of our nation's teaching force.



PARAEDUCATORS

FULL TEXT RESOURCES AND ARTICLES




ABSTRACTS FROM THE ERIC DATABASE ON PARAEDUCATORS:


Please use AskERIC's no-cost, public access site to search the ERIC Database for the abstracts on paraeducators, paraprofessionals, teacher assistants, etc. Simply enter the title, phrase, or word you are looking for in the ERIC Search Engine and it will bring up a list of abstracts for you. This version of the ERIC Database, updated monthly with the latest citations available, provides access to ERIC Document citations from 1966 through January 2001 and ERIC Journal citations from 1966 through October 2000. For searching instructions click here.

Below is a brief sampling of the abstracts that are posted in the ERIC Database on Paraeducator/Paraprofessional issues.



PARAEDUCATOR-TO-TEACHER CAREER LADDER PROGRAMS




ADDITIONAL PARAEDUCATOR RESOURCES




ELECTRONIC DISCUSSION FORUM ON PARAEDUCATORS


PURPOSE: Listservs are electronic mailing lists that provide unique opportunities to share questions, ideas, and experiences about a particular topic with people around the world creating global learning networks. The Paraeducator Electronic Forum provides a vehicle for discussion of topics such as, but not limited to: paraeducator professional development, paraeducator career pathways to teacher certification, paraeducator work conditions and job responsibilities. Hosted by the Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research (CMMR) at USC this forum connects all those who are interested in the many dimensions of paraeducator affairs.

MODERATOR: Michael Genzuk, University of Southern California, genzuk@usc.edu

LISTSERV ADDRESS: PARAED-L@usc.edu. This list is open for subscription and open for posting.

LIST STATUS: Open for subscription and unmoderated for posting



SUBSCRIBING AND UNSUBSCRIBING TO THE PARAED-L LISTSERV

TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE PARAED-L LIST PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW. YOU ARE PROMPTED TO TYPE WHEN WORDS ARE SHOWN IN ITALICIZED FORMAT.



SUBSCRIBING TO THE LIST

1.At your mail prompt, send electronic mail to: listproc@usc.edu

2.Ignore the "subject" line.

3.For the message, type:

SUBSCRIBE [listname] [firstname] [lastname]

e.g. SUBSCRIBE PARAED-L John Smith
(note that the bracket keys [ ] are not used in the actual text)

[listname] is the name of the list (PARAED-L)
[firstname] is the person's first name
[lastname] is the person's last name

4.The list processor will subscribe you automatically. Upon approval, you will receive a return message indicating confirmation of your subscription to the list.



UNSUBSCRIBING FROM THE LIST

To "unsubscribe" from the PARAED-L list follow the subscription instructions (above) and substitute "unsubscribe" for the word "subscribe" in #3.

e.g. Unsubscribe PARAED-L John Smith



POSTING TO THE LIST

Once you have received confirmation of your subscription, you may proceed to send electronic mail to the list address (PARAED-L@usc.edu). Your mail will automatically be posted. DO NOT send messages for distribution to "listproc". It does not matter whether you type upper or lower case letters.



HELP

If a message is ever rejected, please contact the list coordinator. For information on any of the lists offered by the CMMR and how to use them, send the message, "Help" to listproc@usc.edu. The program will send you a list of commands and their function.

For additional information direct your questions to:

Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research
e-mail: genzuk@usc.edu
URL: http://www.usc.edu/dept/education/CMMR




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