Special Education Paraprofessional (Instructional)

Location
Minneapolis, MN, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Aug 23, 2018
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  • Position Type:
    Paraprofessional/Instructional
  • Date Posted:
    10/8/2018
  • Location:
    Aurora Charter School
    (High-Needs School)
  • Date Available:
    As Soon As Possible
  • Closing Date:
    02/01/2019


  • Position Purpose

    - Under the direct supervision of a certified staff member/Special Education Teacher, to assist certified professional staff with students in the classroom and in pull-out activities to meet instructional goals and objectives, and to free certified professional employees from non-professional duties.

    Essential Job Functions

    - Under the supervision of a special education teacher, provides learning opportunities to elementary students.

    - Assists and guides students to reinforce reading, language arts, mathematics, computer instruction, and other skills.

    - Works with students individually and in small groups to reinforce basic learning and implement assigned programs.

    - Assists professional staff in the administration and correction of classroom exercises, tests and assessments.

    - Assists in classroom preparations and strategies for reinforcing instructional materials and skills according to individual student needs.

    - Assists with record-keeping procedures to document student learning and performance.

    - Assists with classroom behavioral management to minimize disruptions, ensure a safe and orderly classroom, and ensure students are on task.

    - Assists students in non-instructional areas, such as supervising the student lunch programs, bus duty, playground duty, corridor, study hall, and other related non-instructional areas.

    - Accompanies students on field trips for the purpose of assisting with supervision.

    - Constructs, copies and distribute and use educational materials as needed.

    - Assists teacher with parent contact as requested to foster effective and participatory parent involvement in student education.

    - Assists students with special needs in all aspects of classroom instruction to maximize inclusion, learning, achievement if IEP objectives, etc.

    - Participates in IEP process and serves as resource for the student personnel evaluation team as needed.

    - Assist students with physical or mental disabilities with activities of daily living for the purpose of maximizing their ability to participate in school or learning activities.

    - Follows all applicable safety rules, procedures and regulations governing the proper manner of assistance for all students, including those with disabilities or other special needs.

    Additional Duties:

    - Assist guidance, pupil services staff or building administration, as needed.

    - Perform any other related duties as assigned.

    Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

    Equipment

    - Use standard office equipment, such as personal computers and copiers.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    - Proficiency in Spanish - native or near-native proficiency highly preferred

    - Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.

    - Ability to understand, apply and use personal computers and software applications (e.g., Word, Excel).

    - Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.

    - Ability to maintain confidentiality of information regarding students, employees and others.

    - Ability to establish a supportive and compassionate relationship with students with special needs.

    - Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff and others contacted in the course of work.

    - Ability to report work orally or in writing to supervisor as required.

    - Effective writing and verbal communication skills.

    Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards

    - Works in standard office and school building environments.

    - Ability to work outdoors during outdoor student activities.

    Note: Also see the Summary of Physical, Sensory and Environmental Requirements Needed to Perform Essential Functions for this position.

    Qualifications Profile

    - Proficiency in Spanish preferred but not required.

    - Any combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge for successful performance would be qualifying. Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:

    - A minimum of two years of college.

    - Successful completion of college level coursework or passing of examination as required by the No Child Left Behind Act.

    - Prior experience working with special needs children desirable.

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