Grad Lab Paraprofessional – High School

Schenectady, NY, US
Feb 01, 2019
Grade Level
High School
Grad Lab Paraprofessional - High School

About Schenectady City Schools

With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement. Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation.

Grad Lab Paraprofessional Overview:

The Grad Lab Paraprofessional supports our Senior Cohort Respite Classroom. This classroom is an innovative program under our SCSD General Education Continuum. This Respite Classroom is a direct intervention program for current cohort students who are struggling to be successful in the larger general education classroom environment. These students require additional support to develop skills and complete graduation requirements. The goal of the Senior Cohort Respite Program is to enable students to return to “on-time” graduation status through individual educational plans and support to promote success and independence.

The Grad Lab Paraprofessional will have a strong ability to establish relationships with students and partnerships with parents to create a program for at-risk students who may have social emotional learning needs, executive function deficits, some academic needs and require an environment where they can begin to develop skills and strategies required to resolve conflicts and gain academic success. The Grad Lab Paraprofessional works as an educator who collaborates with a large group of stakeholders to support students. This position requires a culturally responsive educator with a high degree of maturity, humility and an understanding of social emotional learning.

Grad Lab Paraprofessional Expectations:

  • Provide students with explicit instruction on social skills development;
  • Support students with individualized behavior plans;
  • Create a supportive learning environment that has constant and consistent adult guidance;
  • Cultivate an environment that is therapeutically and positively based;
  • Has demonstrated success with students who have experienced failure;
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding and belief that ALL students can learn and through strategic efforts can remain on track for successful completion of their courses;
  • Creates a safe classroom learning environment that reflects and celebrates the diversity of the staff and students and ensures the incorporation of culturally responsive teaching practices in all classes;
  • Actively works to engage students in the learning process which leads to an academic success identity;

· Works to build positive relationships with each student in the program and extends that communication and support to families to create partnerships and shared vision for student success.

Grad Lab Paraprofessional Key Qualities:
  • Proactive and able to anticipate conflicts before they arise;
  • Ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively;
  • Sets clear, firm expectations for behavior and develop restorative responses;
  • Recognizes that behavioral problems may be transient and related to trauma;
  • Sensitive to the cues in the environment that may cause a reaction in students;
  • Anticipate difficult times for students and provide additional supports;

· Demonstrated ability to close the opportunity gap with vulnerable subgroups including Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners, Black, and Hispanic/Latino;

· An understanding of Trauma Sensitive and Restorative Practices;

· Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications

· Experience working with high school students.

The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District's recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133.

The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.