Paraprofessional?

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  1. 4myclass

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    I was looking at our local districts job listings (for the millionth time), and I saw that they added several paraprofessional openings. I may be stupid, but what exactly is a paraprofessional? I have been an assistant, is it anything like that?
    Could I be qualified for that position? It does say that they will train.

    Just curious.
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  3. Beth2004

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    A paraprofessional is an assistant.
     
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    But they also have openings for assistants (not in elementary).
     
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    I've never seen a district that used both titles. Are the assistants for preschool and paras for elementary?
     
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    Its a teachers aide this could be for special ed (which most are) ,but some areas have them for preschool and kindergarten too. We have them for preschool and special ed.
     
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    Paras- Usually for special ed so the aide could be for kinder or perschool
     
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    It's possible that that's what it is, but not necessarily. My school has regular ed paraprofessionals for every grade level in addition to our special ed. and Title I paras. I'm just thinking that at early childhood level they may call them "assistants" since that's what they're usually called in daycare settings.
     
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    Well I am just going by what they are called in my area. Idk what they are called in other places. Hopefully this helps someone.
     
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    I have seen both words used interchangeably here. I was hired in an elementary school as an Educational Assistant, but it is also considered a Paraprofessional.
     
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    I'm called a Teacher Aide because in sign language that's the easiest to translate. Paraprofessional would have to be fingerspelled everytime.
     
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    At my district (where I'm an assistant , a.k.a a para) all staff that is not custodial or teachers/admin are considered to be paraprofessionals. This includes the assistants, office staff, secretary etc.
     

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