Minn. paraprofessional program trains immigrants to help ELLs

04/7/2013 | Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District in Minnesota offers free, 12-week adult education classes to bilingual, often immigrant, adults to become paraprofessionals for English-language learners. The class focuses on preparing the future aides to pass the paraprofessional exam but also covers classroom scenarios, while also diversifying the teaching workforce. "We needed a way to make the content in the mainstream classroom accessible for our English language learners," said curriculum director Kathy Funston.

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