Paras Poderosos: Exploring the Role of Latinx ESOL Paraprofessionals

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about existing literature regarding the comprehensive role of ESOL paraprofessionals and their unique sources of cultural capital.
  2. discuss results of a study that describes various perceptions of the ESOL paraprofessional role in schools.
  3. identify consultative strategies that can be used to help other school psychologists, school personnel, and paraprofessionals themselves utilize their role to support Latinx English language learners.


The English language learner (EL) student population is rapidly increasing in the U.S., while the teaching force remains predominantly White and monolingual. Latinx ESOL paraprofessionals are underutilized educators that are uniquely qualified to bridge these cultural gaps and promote positive outcomes for ELs. This qualitative study explores various perceptions regarding the role of Latinx ESOL paraprofessionals in schools. Attendees will learn how to better partner with these professionals through consultative strategies to support their students.



Manuel E. Marichal, University of Florida
Agenia Delouche, University of Florida
Tina M. Smith-Bonahue, University of Florida


Erica D. McCray


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