SAVE THE DATE: Paraeducator Symposium November 16, 2017!

The Second Annual Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium supporting social and emotional learning will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. For detailed information related to this important event, please view this symposium announcement: Paraeducator Symposium 17-18 Announcement.

SAVE THE DATE for the Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium

On November 16, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford the Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium will be held.
For the symposium flyer and a look at the list of high caliber key speakers follow the link below.


Updates for District Contacts for Paraeducator Issues

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) together with the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education (UCEDD) are hosting the Summer Symposium for Supervision and Management of Paraeducators focused on helping school districts to improve their supervision and management of paraeducators. The event will be held on July 20-21, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford Campus, 85 Lawler Road, West Hartford, CT 06117. The cost to attend is $50.00. If you have questions related to this event, please contact Christine Sullivan at or call 860-679-1500.

The ParaPro Assessment is a test developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and adopted by the Connecticut State Board of Education to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act. The following are two newly established locations to take the ParaPro Assessment in Connecticut:

2015 Paraeducator of the Year Program

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council have established the Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Program, to recognize the important role of the paraeducator in supporting student achievement.  Superintendents and school district administrators are invited to nominate one paraeducator who has demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of his/her job.  Identification of the 2015 paraeducator of the year will be made at a ceremony held on November 6, 2014. The 2015 paraeducator will serve for the 2015 calendar year. In addition, each district paraeducator nominated for the 2015 paraeducator of the year award, will be individually recognized at the November ceremony.

The 2015 Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year application packets must be received by the CSDE no later than June 6, 2014.  To review the full application packet with comprehensive instructions, please visit:

Brief on Paraprofessionals Viewing IEPs and attending PPTs

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has developed a brief related to confidentiality and the appropriateness of paraprofessionals viewing student’s Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and attending Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings.  To view this brief, please go to:

Additional information regarding paraprofessional access to IEPs can be located in the Connecticut Guidelines for Training and Support of Paraprofessionals, pp. 29 and 45.  This document is posted on the CSDE Paraprofessional Information and Resources page at or by accessing the following link:

For more information related to this topic, please contact Iris White, Education Consultant, at