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RESCHEDULED April 2021 Teacher Assistant Training Program (Prerequisite Required)

  • Monday, April 26, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 05, 2021
  • 7 sessions
  • Monday, April 26, 2021, 4:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 4:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 4:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021, 4:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Monday, May 03, 2021, 4:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, May 04, 2021, 4:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, May 05, 2021, 4:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Northern RI Collaborative
  • 6


  • Available for all Northern RI member districts and schools

Rhode Island Law (RIGL 16-11.2) establishes requirements related to the employment, training, and use of teacher assistants.  As required by this law, the R. I. Department of Education has established State standards that identify pre-employment requirements related to preparation required for all entry-level teacher assistants.   In addition, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) also establish requirements for the qualifications of teacher assistants in certain roles.    For more information on the legal requirements for teacher assistants, along with resources, networking, and training opportunities, please refer to thehttp://www.ride.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Teachers-and-Administrators-Excellent-Educators/Teacher-Assistants/RIDE-Standards-for-Teacher-Assistants.pdf      

One of the requirements to become a Teacher Assistant is participation in an approved Teacher Assistant Training Program.  The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative is a R.I. Department of Education approved training site for Teacher Assistant Training.   The program is held at NRIC's Main Office and consists of 17.5 classroom hours (7 sessions) and a 6-hour NRIC classroom observation.    The topics include:

  • State TA Requirements, Local Policies and Procedures
  • Your Role as a Teacher Assistant
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Disability Awareness
  • Behavioral Management & Educational Interventions
  • Health, Safety and Emergency Procedures
  • The Importance of Teamwork

Prerequisite -- Student must obtain a passing grade of 461 on the ParaPro Assessment and/or completed 2 years of college level courses. The ParaPro Assessment  is a Reading, Writing and Math assessment required by the State of Rhode Island.  

NRIC Teacher Assistant Training -- The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative in conjunction with the  R. I. Department of Education offers a TA Training class for perspective teacher assistants.  Registration is available online or by calling 401-495-2019. The cost is $275.00 including materials.   Payment is due in full before the first session  by check/money order payable to NRIC, however, the check must clear prior to the first class.  We do not accept credit/debit cards.  All classes are held 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Class does not meet on Fridays. Please click the "register" button in the left margin to register for this session.   

Due to the current pandemic, we are limiting this class to only 10 students.  Masks and social distancing will be required.

Please contact  Lisa  Berthiaume  at lee.berthiaume@nric-ed.org should you need additional information. 


Please Follow the link below for class details.

April 2021 Flyer.docx 

Testimonials ~

Question : " What specific features of the TA Training program were of greatest value to you?" 

  • All features were a great value, the whole program was very informative.
  • I wouldn't make any changes, I think the class was great.
  • Everything was beneficial. One of the best trainings I have been to.    
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