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Help students with disabilities reach their full potential

The Paraprofessional’s Handbook for Effective Support in Inclusive Classrooms, Second Edition

Edited by Julie Causton, Ph.D.Kate MacLeod, Ph.D.

An essential hands-on guide for paraprofessionals—and a must-have for the educators and other professionals who support them—this empowering book takes the guesswork out of this critical classroom role to help students with disabilities reach their full potential.

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What’s new in the second edition

  • New chapter on Respectful Support for Developing Student Independence
  • More on key topics such as collaboration, presuming competence, and supporting social and academic success for students with diverse abilities
  • New and updated research, practices, digital tools, resources, examples, quiz questions, and reflection activities throughout the book
  • Package of online materials, including printable activities, forms, and worksheets

Want to learn more about this edition? See the full listing.

Supplement your teaching with these Online Companion Materials

  • Printable activities
  • Journal pages
  • Forms and worksheets

Meet the authors

Julie Causton, Ph.D.

Julie Causton is founder and chief executive officer of Inclusive Schooling. She is a former
professor in the Inclusive and Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and
Leadership at Syracuse University. She has spent the past 20 years studying and creating
best practices for inclusive education, with a specific focus on supporting students whose
behavior challenges the educational system.
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Kate Richmond MacLeod, Ph.D.

Kate MacLeod is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Maine at
Farmington and founder and consultant at Inclusive Schooling. Her teaching, research,
writing, and consulting are guided by a passion for inclusive education and social justice.
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View the table of contents

About the Forms and Online Materials
About the Facilitator’s Guide to The Paraprofessional’s Handbook for Effective Support in Inclusive Classrooms, Second Edition
About the Authors
Foreword    Shelley Moore

Chapter 1: The Paraprofessional
Chapter 2: Inclusive Education
Chapter 3: Special Education
Chapter 4: Collaborating with Others
Chapter 5: Rethinking Your Students: Presuming Competence
Chapter 6: Providing Academic Supports
Chapter 7: Providing Social Supports
Chapter 8: Providing Behavioral Support
Chapter 9: Respectful Support for Developing Student Independence
Chapter 10: Supporting Yourself


More resources

  • handy resource that shows you what’s been added and updated in the new edition
  • book excerpt that includes the full table of contents
  • slide deck that provides a comprehensive overview of the new edition
  • A webinar that provides guidance for how paraprofessionals can support students virtually