The Gradual Release of Responsibility for Paraprofessionals

Professional Development


Paraprofessionals have a unique role when supporting students in schools. They are tasked with providing assistance to children with disabilities who require specialized support; however, the ultimate goal of education is to equip students to become as independent with their learning as possible.

In this workshop, we will explore the idea of “gradual release of responsibility” which seeks to shift the responsibility for learning, self-advocacy and self-regulation from adults to children slowly, over a specified period of days, weeks, or months. Together, we will work to identify specific learning activities and explore tools that paraprofessionals can use in collaboration with teachers and other educational team members to fade adult support planfully and successfully.

Audience and Grade Level

Paraprofessionals, Grades K - 12


Certificate of Attendance, 6 hours


Future training dates will be announces here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


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    Sharon Jones has spent 34 years working in public school districts. She has worked as both a special education and general education teacher; assistant principal; educational diagnostician/consultant; inclusion specialist; and, most recently, in the role of Administrator of Special Education. Sharon also teaches courses on inclusion for the University of Massachusetts.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.