The special education paraprofessional assists in delivery of specially designed instruction within the general education classroom. Aids special needs students, and cares for their physical, emotional health and safety, affirming their abilities, and striving to promote dignity in all relationships.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assists students in achieving academic success.
- Supports special education students by providing specially designed instruction in the general education classroom and/or the pull-out room.
- Works closely with teachers, administrators, and other team members in providing educational benefit for students.
- Supports individual students or small groups of students by implementing strategies for reinforcing material or skills based on an understanding of individual student needs, interests and abilities.
- Participates in team planning and professional learning activities which align with school improvement goals.
- Demonstrates a positive attitude toward work assignment.
- Consults and collaborates with Special Education Teacher/Director and General Education Teachers as well as related service staff.
- Assist in data gathering for development of Individualized Education Plan for students in program.
- Models professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and community.
- Maintains student confidentiality, while ensuring the director and principal are informed of important aspects in the student's activities.
- Alerts the certified staff to any problem or special information about an individual student.
- May work with students who may be aggressive or disruptive in class.
- Monitors work, corrects papers, and supervises curriculum-based testing and makeup work as assigned by the certified staff.
- Performs clerical, classroom maintenance, and instructional duties as assigned by the certified staff.
- Demonstrates ethical behavior and confidentiality of information regarding students in school environment and community.
- Reports to Student Services Director.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Knowledge of students in a learning environment
- Bi-Lingual in Spanish preferred
- Demonstrates strong work ethic
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Experience working with youth
- Strong verbal and writing skills
- Ability to be a team player
- Once trained, possess the ability to complete projects independently
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people of varied social, cultural and educational backgrounds.
- Ability to perform recurring tasks while maintaining a standard of excellence at all times
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
- Must obtain an IVP Fingerprint clearance card.
- Hourly Rate Pay-DOE
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met, or are encountered, by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must, on a daily basis, lift and/or move up to 20 pounds several times a day. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.