Paraprofessionals: CAN SCHOOL USE PARA FOR DIRECTION INSTRUCTION IN MY CLASS?

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Kelli:  Can a para-professional be used to teach direct instruction of new content/topic in a SPED developmental preschool classroom with the certified SPED teacher present? My district received a grant for dual language, and because I do not speak Spanish, they are asking the paraprofessional to teach the entire 3 hour class twice per week. Is this legal?

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Sharon L.
09/12/2016 9:19 pm

Depends on what is on the IEP. If you do not have it specifically stated that the tutoring is to be done by a tutor/teacher the school can do what they want. Sometimes the para can be better than a tutor so check out her credentials and you might be ok to stay with this person. If not request an IEP meeting and discuss getting the services you need.