Maine Providing Classroom Management Training to Paraprofessionals to Support Teachers

The Maine Department of Education directed just over $1.8 million to support a week-long course in foundational elements of classroom management and school culture as part of its Learning Facilitator Program. The program is a collaboration with Maine’s Community College System, including Eastern Maine Community College. The intensive coursework includes a combination of online work, professional learning community meetings, and 315 hours of a structured teaching apprenticeship.

We are spotlighting this practice because a key to student success is the ability of educators to manage their classrooms and constructively engage with students. It makes sense to use federal relief funds to help train additional classroom staff in these critical skills as schools focus efforts on overcoming the impact of the pandemic on student learning.

Reviewer Analysis

Jocelyn Pickford

Efforts to improve the pipeline by offering paras additional training and opportunities are smart and timely.

New Leaders

If grounded in current research and aligned to equitable and culturally responsive practices, this program has the opportunity to build paraprofessionals’ capacity to build trusting relationships and support a safe, responsive classroom environment.

The Rural Alliance

We are encouraged by this program and look forward to the full development. With a shortage in rural districts of teachers, there is a real need to prepare a stronger educator workforce

Leslie Villegas

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