Why doesn’t Shen require their aides to be certified through NYS as Teaching Assistants? I was so surprised to see they don’t do that. Most districts do require that and support them through the process and provide PD, etc. Shen puts such emphasis on hiring for excellence and, as a parent in the district, I’m always glad to hear that, however, that should include the support staff as well.

Written by on May 24, 2021

A. The district’s employment of Teacher Aide vs Teacher Assistants isn’t a matter of certification, it is a matter of job needs. We have a lot of highly skilled and dedicated teacher aides who assist teachers with non-teaching duties. Additionally, there is a concerted effort by the Office of Human Resources to provide ongoing PD to all employees, and particularly those providing non-teaching functions.