Welcome to Project PARA

Please Note:

Project PARA will be closed for maintenance starting on July 8th. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to have it back up as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact Marjorie Bisbee, email: mbisbee1@unl.edu or call 402-472-1347.

Nebraska Paraeducator Conference

The Paraeducator Conference is a one day conference held each year in Kearney, Nebraska. This year's conference is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education and Project PARA. The conference offers speakers and sessions with a variety of topics related to paraeducators and provides an opportunity for paraeducators to visit with colleagues from other schools and be recognized for the important work that they do. For the latest updates on information concerning the conference, please go to:

Project PARA conducts research and develops training materials for paraeducators and teachers who supervise them. Based in the College of Education and Human Sciences of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the project has been developing its model of delivery and its content for over two decades. It has received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education and for the last several years, the Nebraska Department of Education. For more information about the development of Project PARA, see Project History.

The project provides Web-based self study programs that offer school districts resources to provide introductory training for paraeducators and/or the teachers who supervise them. These resources are offered free of charge to schools and teacher training programs. Participating schools provide an instructor or mentor who manages their own self study participants. For more information about how Project PARA works, see Participation.

Training for Paraeducators . . .

The Paraeducator Self Study Program provides schools with Web-based training resources for paraeducators. This training provides relevant information to assist paraeducators in developing their skills for working effectively within a classroom.

Training for Teachers . . .

The Supervisors of Paraeducators Self Study is designed to be used by schools or teacher-training institutions to provide training for teachers who supervise paraeducators.