Summer 2023

ESRP 9000 Professor

Jason Abreu, Ed.D.

ESRP 9001 Professor

Jason Abreu, Ed.D.

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to provide insight using the results of a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis. Additionally, internal and external factors were analyzed to score each item in an attempt to identify areas that could improve the overall function of the organization. The organization’s fragmented execution of paraprofessional training is negatively impacting student learning and behavior. The non-existent system of paraprofessional training hinders the fidelity of the implementation of BIP interventions by paraprofessionals. A literature review conducted focused on the possible solutions of paraprofessional fidelity of implementation of interventions. Of the possible solutions, several themes emerged related to paraprofessional training, college partnerships, the need for higher pay, and defining of the roles of paraprofessionals. The results of a quantitative strategic plan matrix analysis of the SWOT data were used to compare possible strategies.

Based on the attractiveness scores of each intervention, a final recommendation was made to use internal professional development training with fidelity checklists over the course of the school district’s fiscal year. The plan included surveying paraprofessionals to explore training needs. Following the survey, behavior and TEACCH specialists will create the training curriculum and schedule five training and observation sessions. Lastly, a post-survey for paraprofessionals will be shared to review the curriculum offered by the behavior and TEACCH specialists. Following the administration of the survey, a discussion will be had among all professionals regarding the responsibilities embedded within the trainer’s job duties If there were an abundance of concerns, such information will be discussed through collaboration and resolved before the start of the next training year. Once the plan would be put in place, progress monitoring with the fidelity checklists would demonstrate the support for the effectiveness of paraprofessionals’ implementation as the chosen solution.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education