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Paraeducators are critically important to schools, teachers, and students—and they face unique challenges in classrooms they work in every day. Here are some of the resources that CEC has developed for paraeducators and the teachers and Administrators who work with them.  

Paraeducator Competencies

 The Core Competencies for Special Education Paraeducators represent the required knowledge and skills all paraeducators need to safely and effectively support students with disabilities in K-12 settings. 

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PD Programs

Effective & High-Leverage Practices (HLPs) for Paraeducators

In this FREE on-demand, eLearning program designed for paraeducators, you will be introduced to four areas of high-leverage practice: Collaboration, Assessment, Social/Emotional/Behavioral, and Instruction. In collaboration with the Paraprofessional Resource & Research Center and the CEEDAR Center, CEC is excited to provide paraeducators with a learning program focused on your unique role as a paraeducator and how that aligns with specific HLPs.

Supporting Paraeducators: Successful Systems & Strategies for Admins and Teachers

In this fully online, on-demand program designed for special education teachers, special education administrators, and building/district administrators, you’ll get evergreen strategies to help enhance the support provided to the paraeducators you work with.


 A database of peer-reviewed resources created for professionals working with children receiving special education services. Resources are FREE for CEC members to download.  

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CEC Membership for Paraeducators

Paraeducators serve a critically important role in special education and CEC is here for you. Get the support, peer network and professional development you need most.  

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