Paraprofessional (Life Skills)
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Paraprofessional- Life Skills
- Must meet educational requirements for “highly qualified paraprofessional,” as defined by the federal laws, No Child Left Behind, and IDEA. Must meet educational requirements of Chapter 14, PA Code 22.
- Must meet basic reading, writing, and math competencies.
- Valid Act 34, 114, and Act 151 clearances.
- Valid tuberculosis test and physical examination with ADA reasonable accommodations stipulated, as appropriate.
- Must continue to meet the required annual obligations of Chapter 14, PA Code 22: 20 hours of approved staff development activities related to their assignment.
- U. S. citizen or holder of a valid work visa.
- Such additional or alternatives to the above qualifications as the board or superintendent may determine appropriate and acceptable.
Summary: An instructional paraprofessional is a school employee who works under the direction of a certificated staff member to support and assists in providing instructional, behavioral, and functional programs and services to children with disabilities or eligible young children. The support and assistance include one-on-one or group review of material taught by certificated staff, classroom management and implementation of positive behavior support plans. Services may be provided in a special education class, regular education class or other instructional setting (e.g., community-based instruction) as provided in the student’s IEP. Instructional paraprofessionals shall meet one of the following qualifications:
- Have completed at least 2 years of postsecondary study.
- Possess an associate degree or higher.
- Meet a rigorous standard of quality as demonstrated through a State or local assessment.
- Participate in 20 hours of approved staff development activities annually.