Paraeducators - Keystone Area Education Agency
Paraeducators - Keystone Area Education Agency


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Keystone AEA realizes the importance of para support in enhancing the educational achievements of children.  Keystone assists over 900 paras in their work by providing:

  • Individual check-out ID numbers to enable paras to directly access materials from the Keystone AEA Media Center
  • Resource materials in the Keystone AEA Instructional Media lab
  • Needs assessment each year to determine para needs
  • Inservices on topics important to paraeducators within local school districts and through Keystone AEA
  • Help to schools in meeting the state requirements related to paraeducators
  • Paraeducator Certification programs based on state criteria (Generalist, Area of Concentration, and Renewal)


Laura Smith, Decorah
Keystone Para Coordinator
Sector 1 Assistant Coordinator

Glenda Suckow, Oelwein
Office Assistant


Resources for Paraeducators

Resources for Administrators/Teams

State Guidance

Autism Resources

CDA Information

Substitute Authorization

Substitute Authorization Rules (BoEE)

National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals

Video Trainings

Resources for district PD opportunities

Supporting Paras during Certification

Tools for IEP Teams (determining the need and role of paraeducators)

Video Trainings

Appropriate Para Duties Matrix

BoEE website

Department of Education (para webpage)

Educational Requirements Information

Guide to Effective Para Practices, Edition II, 2007

What Does "Highly Qualified" Mean
















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