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  1. Judy Storeygard
  2. Principal Investigator
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  4. TERC
  1. Santiago Gasca
  2. Research and Evaluation Associate
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  4. TERC
  1. Karen Mutch-Jones
  2. Senior Researcher
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  4. TERC, STEM Education Evaluation Center at TERC
  1. Jan Rook
  2. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
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  1. Myriam Steinback
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  1. Denise Treacy
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Doing the Math with Paraeducators: A Research and Development Project

NSF Awards: 1621151

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Adult learners

Project Description: Our project is designed to develop, pilot, study, and refine PD, that focuses on developing the confidence, mathematics knowledge, and teaching strategies of para educators, grades K-3 in the Boston Public Schools, as well as providing support for their collaborating teachers. Our video will include our initial findings, as well as showing examples from our PD and teacher- para planning conferences.

                            

Project Significance:  Over one million para educators currently assist in classrooms, and another 100,000 are likely to be added in the next ten years. Para educators are often required to teach content, such as mathematics, but there are few efforts to provide them with the knowledge or supervision they need to be effective when working with a range of students, including those with disabilities and for whom English is a second language. While professional development will enable paras to make a greater difference in the classroom it may also increase their access to continuing education and workplace opportunities. Given the importance of early math learning in predicting mathematical achievement supporting paras in the early years is particularly important.

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