A paraprofessional is a non-certified instructional staff person who does not hold the position of teacher, but assists in the classroom under the guidance of a teacher. Sometimes paraprofessionals are called teacher aides or instructional aides. The duties of paraprofessionals may include the following:
• Providing one-on-one or small-group tutoring for students
• Assisting with classroom management
• Providing instructional assistance in a computer lab
• Conducting parental involvement activities
• Providing instructional support in the library or media center
• Acting as a translator
• Providing instructional support to a student under the direct supervision of a teacher