Special Education Additional Adult Support (18/19 SY)
Super School 19
Classified - Classified Positions - Special Education Assistant
Job Type Description
Purpose of Position
Assist the classroom teacher by working with students to facilitate learning and improving academic, behavioral, and social-emotional skills. Provide interventions to individual students and small groups, as assigned by classroom teacher. Effect positive behavioral change in students by implementing strategies as described by the student’s IEP, as well as those supports created by the classroom teacher or Behavior Specialist.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
§ Based on teacher's lesson plans, prepare activities for all assigned students and assist in preparing progress reports for parents
§ Support students towards grade level mastery in all academic and elective courses
§ Work collaboratively and meet regularly (at least once/week) with the classroom teacher, behavior specialist, mental health therapist, and other school staff in building a professional learning community
§ Support the teacher in providing opportunities for academic and social-emotional interventions (gap-filling) and supports
§ Support the teacher by promoting highly specialized positive behavior interventions in which “at risk” students thrive by prioritizing behavior instruction that is explicit, intensive, accelerated, and provides ample practice
§ Continually supervise students, on a daily basis, to ensure a safe, non-threatening, nurturing environment where students can thrive
§ Attend parent conferences, as needed, to provide insight into students’ academic and behavioral progress
§ Monitors students during assigned periods within a variety of school environments (e.g. lunch, bus stops, playground, classroom, restroom, field trips, public transportation, assemblies, kitchen, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment
§ Provides instruction, under the supervision of the teacher, to the students in a variety of individual and group activities (e.g. academic subjects, social skills, daily living skills, giving oral tests, etc.) for the purpose of reinforcing instructional objectives; implementing IEP plans, and ensuring students’ success in school
§ Participates in the implementation of student behavior plans for the purpose of ensuring effective and safe student learning
§ Attends meetings and in-service presentations (e.g. first aid, CPR, emergency procedures, behavior management, CPI, IEPs, etc.) for the purpose of acquiring and/or conveying information relative to job functions
Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures (including, but not limited to, de-escalation techniques, positive responses to behavior, etc.)
Perform other duties, as assigned by the EBD Coordinator and/or the school administrative staff (principal, assistant principal, dean, etc.)
Critical core competencies for successful performance in this role include:
§ Highly developed communication skills (written and verbal)
§ Unwavering moral compass guided by personal ethics, integrity, tolerance, and trustworthiness
§ Ability to successfully navigate within varying degrees of ambiguity in a fast-paced environment
§ Willingness to collaborate with classroom team (teacher, behavior specialist, therapist) and other building staff in a professional and collegial manner
Associate's degree or 60 semester hours of college credit or successful completion of ParaPro Assessment test required. Prior work experience of three to six months with children with behavioral challenges in a school or child care setting and previous IPS experience is helpful. Incumbent will have organizational skills to be able to compile and maintain documentation, have basic computer skills, and basic office skills of typing and answering phone calls. Must be able to work under the instruction of a certified teacher but without constant direct supervision.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports
N/A with this role
Personal Work Relationships
This position requires a positive attitude and mindset when dealing with staff, students, and families. Good judgment, discretion, and individual initiative are essential for the effective discharge of the positions’ significant responsibilities.
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 25% sitting, 10% walking, and 65% standing. The job is performed in a generally hazard free environment.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.