Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/29/2022 - 5:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel
Type: Action
Subject: 3. Action on Approval of Resolution 2223R-004 by Director Taylor on Onboarding New Paraprofessionals
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 6.01 - General Personnel Policies
Attachments 1. 2223R - 004 Taylor - Paraprofessional Onboarding
2. Paraprofessional Onboarding Plan & Presentation Res. 2223-004
File Attachment:
2223R-004 Taylor - Paraprofessoinal Onboarding.pdf
Paraprofessional Onbarding Plan & Presentation Res. 2223-004.pdf
Background: At its May 26, 2022 meeting, the Board referred Resolution 2223R-004 by Director Taylor to create an Onboarding policy for newly hired paraprofessionals within the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Prior to the referral of resolution 2223R-004, the Administration had established a workgroup regarding the professional development of paraprofessionals. The initial workgroup included representatives from Central Services departments; Office of Academics, Office of Human Resources, and the Office of Finance. Discussion at the first meeting centered on how the Milwaukee Public Schools currently support newly hired paraprofessionals and plans for additional supports for newly hired paraprofessionals.

On July 20, 2022, members of the workgroup met with Director Taylor to share how MPS currently introduce paraprofessionals to their work/assignments within the various programs in the schools and centrally assigned locations. MPS paraprofessionals serve as assistants to teachers, and we agree that paraprofessionals can benefit from the same training sessions that we offer to our teachers.

We propose utilizing and reimaging the current New Educators Institute model to include newly hired paraprofessionals. The new model would allow newly hired paraprofessionals to accompany new teachers during two days of the institute and an additional day for new hire information specific to the role of a paraprofessional.
Fiscal Impact Statement: Fiscal Impact Statement:
This item will require participants to be compensated as indicated in the attachment. These costs will need to be approved in the October budged adjustments for the Department of Organizational Development.
Total estimated cost - $201,915 annually.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Implementation: Upon approval of this item the Resolution will be implemented as directed.

Target Date Activity:
September, 2022
Seek MPS board approval for 3-day onboarding institute to begin for all newly hired paraprofessionals prior to the 23-24 beginning second semester of the 2022-23 school year.

October/November 2022
Meet with the Finance department to determine potential centralized budgets to compensate paraprofessionals who attend paraprofessional institute for the second semester.

November/December 2022
Draft initial New Educator and Paraprofessional Institute agenda and seek initial approval from immediate supervisor and chief of academics.

October/November 2022
Convene a meeting for institute facilitator to discuss.

December 2022
Seek final approval for the institute agenda.

Recommendation: Your Committee recommends that the Board
1. adopt Resolution 2223R-004
2. approve the Paraprofessional Onboarding Plan 2022 as attached
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer