Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
the first Wednesday in April
Paraprofessional Appreciation Day honors paraprofessional educators, who may also be known as paras, instructional assistants, or teacher's aides. It is unknown how the day began, but some sources claim it was first designated by a Missouri governor, although it is not known when this occurred. Paraprofessionals perform a variety of teacher-related jobs and often assist teachers in classrooms. They may work with students on supplemental enrichment activities, either in small groups or one-on-one. They may also help students complete assignments or practice reading. Paraprofessionals often work with students with special education needs and a variety of disabilities. They may also supervise students outside of classrooms and help teachers with clerical work. Requirements on how to become a paraprofessional vary depending on what state and district they wish to work in.
How to Observe
Perhaps you know someone who is a paraprofessional or have children that work with paraprofessionals. Today is an excellent day to show appreciation for them, whether it be with a gift or a note or word of thanks. This may also be a good day to consider being a paraprofessional. If you enjoy working with children and making a difference in someone's life, you could see what the requirements are to become a paraprofessional.