Paraprofessionals work in schools and districts and serve a critical role in supporting the delivery of high-quality instruction for all children (preschool through grade 12), especially those students considered at risk. Today's paraprofessionals (which may also be known as instructional assistants, special education aides, teaching assistants, or teaching/classroom aides) work alongside a professional under the direction of licensed teachers, as part of instructional teams, to support individual students and small groups of students to access and progress through challenging curricula.
Assist a preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school teacher with instructional duties. Serve in a position for which a teacher has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.
Instruct individual students or small groups of students in academic subjects to support formal class instruction or to prepare students for standardized or admissions tests.