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National Resource Center for Paraeducators (NRCP) Conference Announcement

2018 NRCP Conference


NEA and the Washington Education Association are proudly co-sponsoring the 34th Annual NRCP Conference, which is taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport, April 27-29 in Seattle, Washington.

This affordable, premier professional development experience will feature a variety of sessions that will provide paraeducators with the opportunity to enhance their professional practice, foster effective teacher-paraeducator teams, and network with other paraeducators from all over the country. A pre-conference leadership networking session will take place Thursday, April 26, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Who will attend?

Paraeducators, teachers, administrators and others from across the United States attend. The conference is open to the public and is designed for paraeducators of all types, years of experience, geographic regions, etc.

What types of sessions will be offered?

The conference is a combination of breakout sessions and general sessions. Breakout session topics may include literacy and math instruction, small group instruction, autism, strategies for students with significant cognitive disabilities, proactive behavior management, early childhood education, English language learners, teacher-paraeducator teambuilding, and more. A draft general conference schedule can be found on the NRCP Conference schedule page.

Submitting a Workshop Proposal

Are you interested in presenting a workshop at the conference? Visit the NRCP Call for Presenters conference page to submit a workshop proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal is December 15. Note: NRCP does not cover travel expenses or registration fees for presenters.

Registration Rates (Early bird rates are good until February 1)

  • Paraeducator rates: $100 (Early Bird) or $125 (starting February 1).
  • Additional rates for partial attendance (attending only Saturday and Sunday or only one day) and teacher-paraeducator teams are also available. 
  • Registration rates typically include some meals (e.g., breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday was included in registration fees for the 2016 conference).

Click here to register or learn about partial or team registration rates.

Pre-Conference Leadership Networking Session

The eighth annual National Paraeducator Leadership Networking Session will be held Thursday, April 26, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This session is open to state and national paraeducator leaders and advocates who are engaged in activities that promote paraeducator leadership at the state and/or national levels. It provides an opportunity to share and discuss state and national level accomplishments and network with other paraeducator leaders and advocates before the kick-off of the conference. All interested parties may attend. There is no registration fee associated with this event.

Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in joining the National Paraeducator Leadership Group or attending the pre-conference session.

If you have questions, please e-mail Marilyn Likins at

Hotel Information

The conference will take place in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport which is located less than one mile from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

  • Room Rate: $106 Single (one king bed) or Double Occupancy (two queen beds) (plus tax)

Additional information will be available soon on the NRCP Conference Hotel and Travel page.

Conference Sponsorship & Exhibiting

  • NRCP now offers opportunities to promote your organization, ​agency or products as a conference sponsor.

    Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

  • NRCP is expecting around 400 paraeducators, parents, policymakers, and administrators in state and local education, personnel developers in 2- and 4-year colleges, as well as many other stakeholders and service providers.

    Click here to learn how you can join us as an exhibitor.

Questions: Contact Jennie Young at 410-370-5279


Click here to download a PDF flyer for the 2018 NRCP Conference. Be sure to share this professional development opportunity with your colleagues!

Looking to connect with fellow ESP on hot issues? Connect to the Paraeducator Institute Group and the ESP Hot Issues Group on NEA edCommunities!

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