Paraeducators play an important role in the education of students with significant disabilities. They can best contribute to improving student outcomes when they are skilled in using evidence-based practices. Tiered training is a practical and promising solution for how teachers can train teams of paraeducators to use evidence-based practices. Like a Response to Intervention (RTI) model for students, tiered staff training involves providing initial training for groups of paraeducators, monitoring their performance, and then providing follow-up coaching to only the paraeducators who need extra support. In this article, each step of tiered training is described with examples. This step-by-step guide is informed by a series of research studies in which tiered training was tested with more than 60 paraeducators who serve students with significant disabilities in public schools.
A Tiered Approach for Training Paraeducators to Use Evidence-Based Practices for Students With Significant Disabilities
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