Community colleges, however, are particularly flexible and are "rushing to meet the EsEA demand for paraeducator preparation," said Nancy K. French, the director of the Para Center at the University of Colorado at Denver.
"They see this as a way of responding to their communities, and also-as a windfall for new revenues."
continued, "the lack of published research, appropriate training needs, and formats makes it difficult for [community] colleges to develop programs based on data."
Building on Relationships
The handful of teacher-training providers that are serving school districts are able to do so because they have tried-and-- true approaches that can be expanded or tailored.Many also have personal relationships with district leaders, thanks to other endeavors, that have provided inroads. Cambridge College
in Massachusetts is one of the few schools nationally that were able to secure agreements to train teachers this year to meet the federal requirements.