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Partnerships at the School of Education and Human Development

CO-TOP (Comprehensive Training Opportunities for Paraprofessionals)

Associated Faculty: Ritu Chopra
External Partners: Several districts in Colorado and nationally as well as Community Centered Boards (designated by the Colorado Department of Education)
Focus: Research and Evaluation Teacher and paraeducator Professional Development for paraeducators
About the Partnership: Model has been developed and refined over a period of 24 years through five projects funded by the Offices of Special Education Program and English Language Acquisition (OSEP and OELA) of the US Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Education. CO-TOP, a Training of Trainers (TOT) model enhances the capacity of Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to prepare licensed professionals (teachers and related service providers to supervise and train paraprofessionals through the use of research based training materials (modules and manuals) and resources developed by The PAR2A Center

Scope and Impact

Geographic Focus: Urban
Scale: National
Begin year: 1994
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