Support Staff sites offer information and resources for skill development, as well as links to professional publications and organizations, for paraprofessionals, school nurses, bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, food service workers, and others who support teachers and administrators in the education process. Included: More than a dozen sites for school support staff.
Education is a big undertaking that requires many dedicated people. The role of educators is generally recognized and applauded, while the school support staff often remains unnoticed -- even though they play a vital role in the education process. Paraprofessionals, school nurses, bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, food service workers, and others provide support that impacts the success of students, teachers, and administrators alike.
Support staff, whether they are interested in upgrading their skills or simply want to stay abreast of the latest news and trends in their profession, will find the following sites both interesting and informative.
The Barkley Memorial Center Paraeducator Self-Study Program
The Paraeducator Self-Study Program provides a basic introductory training program that includes interactive tests and pre-tests, a comprehensive set of self-guided study units, and practicum activities for use in the classroom. A Supervisor of Paraeducator Self-Study Program -- to help educators work effectively with paraeducators -- also is offered.
American School Food Service Association (now the School Nutrition Association)
This site offers information for both educators and the education food service industry. Visitors will find not only member information on upcoming meetings and industry trends, but also important information on food safety, recipes, and tips for getting children to eat healthfully, as well as nutrition lesson plans.
Adolescent and School Health
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site provides the latest health-related research, information about school health strategies, and school health program guidelines for anyone interested in student health or in teaching students to stay healthy. Included are links to publications on drug and alcohol abuse, food safety, physical activity, sexual behaviors, tobacco use, terrorism, nutrition and more.
Mental Help Net
Mental Help Net offers a wealth of information on common mental health problems and disorders, including lists of common symptoms. The site offers current and archived news articles on the latest research in mental health diagnoses and treatments, book reviews, self assessment tools, and an extensive list of professional resources.
At this site, medical professionals offer information about children's health issues for children, teens, and parents. Visitors will find information on such topics as puberty, emotions, nutrition, and common childhood diseases (including symptoms, description and prevention tips, and injuries). Site links provide access to support groups and organizations for parents, as well as information for pediatricians and other health professionals.
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