Working in Partnership to Strengthen Paraprofessional Preparation and Development throughout Ohio

OPEPP efforts focus on the strengthening of systems that support paraprofessionals and those who prepare and develop them. Through an innovative partnership model, OPEPP engages school districts, regional providers, and higher education through information dissemination, training and technical assistance designed to build the capacity of paraprofessionals to support instruction and student learning. Statewide in its service reach, OPEPP is coordinated through the University of Dayton School of Education and Health Sciences Grant Center, with support from the Ohio Department of Education.

Click here to read OPEPP's study of paraprofessionals and how districts currently use them .The study also points to ways districts might use parapros more effectively in the future to support effective instruction for all Ohio students.

Click here for OPEPP's latest resource, Teachers Coaching Paraprofessionals

Click here to access the resources shared during OPEPP's first Action Forum!

From the Field

Helen FlowersWork on role definition activities with parapros and classroom teachers regularly to ensure common understanding of respective responsibilities and opportunities to support one another.

-Helen Flowers