ParaPro: Supporting the Instructional Process

This time-saving, field-tested resource book will enable paraprofessionals in your school or district to better assist teachers and students. ParaPro will confirm and reinforce the knowledge and skills of your most productive paraprofessionals and raise the skill level of others.


211 pp.
For Grades:
  • Randy Sprick
  • Mickey Garrison
  • Lisa Howard
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ParaPro is the perfect companion text for paraprofessional classes, training or certification. Chapters include:

  • Understanding the basics
  • Being part of the school team
  • Managing student behavior
  • Supervising common areas
  • Working with small groups
  • Supervising independent work periods
  • Working with an individual student
  • Randy Sprick

    Randy Sprick, Ph.D., is an educational consultant and trainer in Eugene, Oregon. Each year, he presents practical and entertaining workshops to over 30,000 teachers and administrators throughout the United States and Canada. Much of his work involves helping teachers, principals, and other staff set up schools and classrooms that encourage student responsibility and motivation, while humanely and effectively helping misbehaving students learn to behave in more responsible ways. As the primary author for the Safe & Civil Schools series, Randy has produced numerous articles, books, audiotapes, and videotapes that assist school personnel in dealing with the issues of discipline and classroom management. In 2007, the Council for Exceptional Children honored Randy with the J.E. Wallace Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work developing, advocating, and promoting Positive Behavior Support in schools.

  • Mickey Garrison

    In her 30-year career in education, Mickey Garrison, Ph.D., has been a teacher, an administrator, and a consultant. While she was principal, her school was awarded national recognition and received attention from the George Lucas Foundation, which created a documentary about the school's accomplishments in mathematics. Under her leadership, her school achieved and has maintained the highest academic rating of "exemplary." Simultaneously, disciplinary referrals dropped substantially and remain inconsequential. Her students report that their school is truly bully free. She is currently the school improvement director for a joint venture among the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon's Education Service Districts, Oregon's K-12 system, and higher education. Under Dr. Garrison's leadership, districts are advancing school improvement from being an event to becoming an integral part of how their schools operate. As a consultant, Dr. Garrison specializes in training school teams to increase student achievement and improve behavior. She has coordinated numerous statewide and school district change initiatives. Dr. Garrison is currently developing training materials that support difficult-to-reach students in grades K-10.

  • Lisa Howard

    Lisa Howard has been a Title 1 teacher, a special education teacher, and a general education teacher. Since 1989, Lisa has worked on numerous federal research projects in the areas of reading and math. She has coauthored articles in Reading Research Quarterly, Exceptional Children, and the Journal of Special Education. She is also coauthor of Read Well 1 and Write Well Spelling. Lisa continues her work as lead author of a read-aloud curriculum and as a consultant to Read Well schools.