We have wonderful teacher and paraprofessional teams in each classroom at Spectrum Academy Elementary. The question sometimes arises: What is a paraprofessional? What do they do?
At Spectrum Academy Elementary, paraprofessionals are professionals who specialize in helping teachers with the educational, behavioral, and social education of our students. Our paraprofessionals are highly qualified. Many of our paraprofessionals have passed national board exams, or have a minimum of an associate's degree. Many of our paraprofessionals have bachelor's degrees, and a few have advanced degrees.
Paraprofessionals can teach students under the guidance of a licensed teacher. This is an important part of quality instruction because it allows small group instruction and individualized attention for your student. At Spectrum Academy Elementary, our paraprofessionals are also fully trained and certified in Crisis Prevention Institute's Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. This means that they are fully qualified to manage difficult student behaviors.
Teachers and paraprofessionals are a vital part of the successful program we have at Spectrum Academy. We are creating a highly specialized program that is beginning to gain national attention. It is thanks to all of the team members: teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers, office staff, and other support staff, that we are able to see the mission of Spectrum Academy Elementary come to life for our students. Our students are truly learning the social and academic skills they need to succeed in life.
To find out more about paraprofessionals, go to: http://www.utahparas.org/