Support/Hourly - Position - Classroom Assistant Special Ed - Elementary
ROLE AND PURPOSE:
To assist in the implementation of the instructional program, inclusive of academic, social emotional and functional supports for students with disabilities receiving specialized services such as: Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD), pre-vocational / vocational adjustment, 18+, deaf education, and vision.
High school diploma or equivalent from an accredited institution
School-based experience preferred
Valid driver’s license preferred
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Take initiative to assist the teacher and other colleagues with classroom instruction and management activities, including but not limited to: one-to-one and small group instruction, classroom organization, transitions, routines, behavior shaping, communication, and assistive technology.
Provide and appropriately document assistance to students requiring health related services and supports such as, transitioning, feeding, toileting, hygiene or other health related needs, while maintaining student dignity and safety.
Deliver teacher determined support and services in assigned instructional setting or class
Perform designated data keeping and/or instructional preparation tasks
Work cooperatively with principal, network coordinator, special education teachers, therapists, and regular education teachers to insure the success and safety of the students.
Participate in specialized training to improve skills needed to successfully complete responsibilities for the specialized program assigned.
Consult with teacher and principal on all general administration items including personnel policies.
Follow established schedule - with the principal’s approval, the teacher of the program is responsible for formulating the schedule of the assistant(s). The assistant then works under the direction of the teacher responsible for the instructional block of time.
Interact with students professionally, calmly, and intentionally using language for teaching, communicating effectively, and behavior shaping
ADMINISTRATION AND FISCAL/FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
Operate copy and laminating machines, computer, and audio-visual equipment
Maintain classroom organization and cleanliness
Take initiative to organize, store and/or prepare student learning and instructional materials
Assist teacher in implementing social emotional, academic, functional, and positively based interventions for teaching replacement behaviors including: use of reinforcement, consequences, visual systems for shaping behavior, organizational structures for student learning and success
Assist the teacher in addressing physical aggression including relationship building, de-escalation and possible use of safe, non-harmful physical restraint procedures
Assist the teacher in safe lifting and transfer procedures for students
Assist with community learning experiences, field trips and necessary interpretation (if appropriate).
Maintain confidentiality of student information, disabilities and services
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made if necessary:
While performing the duties of a classroom teaching assistant in a specialized setting, the employee may frequently be required to stoop, reach, stand, walk, lift, pull, push, grasp, talk, hear, see and use repetitive physical motions.
While performing these duties of the job, the employee may frequently be required to lift and / or move at least 50 pounds of materials, or lift children from wheelchairs, onto changing tables, etc.
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Participate in professional learning to support student with disabilities as specific to specialized service role and responsibility.
Supervise and instruct students in the absence of the teacher during ARD meetings, staffing’s and conferences.
Supervise students during bus duty, building/playground duty, lunch duty, and co-curricular activities