Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1991

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Jack L. McPherson

Second Committee Member

Larry Wald

Third Committee Member

David N. Shorr


The purpose of this project was to develop a handbook to aid Elementary Educational Assistants, in the Kent, Washington, School District, in the performance of their duties. The handbook was designed with two main purposes in mind: 1) to provide a single reference tool which will allow the new Educational Assistant more autonomy in the performance of his or her duties; and 2) to provide an organizational tool which will allow for individual differences between buildings and their administrators. The handbook includes sections dealing with such topics as budget, evaluation, discipline, and communications. It also includes copies of the forms that an Educational Assistant will be confronted with throughout the year. In the conception of any new position, a handbook can provide the needed outline, and suggestions to proceed. It was from this perspective that this project was undertaken.