Welcome to The PAR²A Center
The Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center (PAR²A Center) is a part of the School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. The mission of The PAR²A Center is to develop a qualified and effective workforce consisting of degreed and non-degreed personnel in the fields of early intervention, education and human services. The Center focuses on enhancing education and services for ALL children and youth (from birth through 21 years), especially those at risk, through policy creation, professional development and research with regards to roles and responsibilities, coaching and mentoring and career ladders for personnel.
In addition to being the premier source of information on paraprofessionals (paraeducators) working in the fields of education and human services, the center is a nationally recognized leader for:
- Research-based Train the Trainer (TOT), coaching and supervision models
- Competency-based curriculum development and instructional materials.
- Innovative pathways and pipelines that transition indigenous candidates to teacher positions in high-need schools.