SpEd Paraprofessional - Resource
The mission of Academy District 20 is to educate every student in a safe and nurturing environment and to provide comprehensive, challenging curricular and extracurricular opportunities that meet the unique needs of every individual by expanding interests, enhancing abilities, and equipping every student with the knowledge, skills, and character essential to being a responsible citizen of our community, our nation, and the world.
Performs the day-to-day activities of teaching special education students while under the supervision of a teacher. The teaching assistant does not make diagnostic or long-term education decisions regarding special education students. This includes individuals who may or may not be licensed.
The job description information below is under review by the Human Resources Department and may not necessarily contain all elements of the position. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time. This information does not create a contractual relationship with the staff member and includes such duties, services, activities, tasks, and related assignments that shall generally be assigned by an administrator as part of the functions of this position.
The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and other key duties that may be required. The description may not include all functions performed by the incumbents in various locations. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time.
- Reports consistently for work as scheduled
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Attains proficient or higher evaluations on established Performance Standards
- Carries out instructional programs and lessons in various learning environments as designated in the lesson plan
- Coordinates completion of assignments with regular classroom teachers
- Assists individual students in performing activities instructed by a teacher
- Under supervision of a teacher, works with small groups of students to reinforce material initially introduced by the teacher
- Monitors behavior contracts and reward systems for students
- Assists the student(s) in recitation, reading, and other curriculum tasks
- Maintains, orders, and organizes inventory of materials in an effective manner
- Collects data for assessment and monitoring purposes
- Completes daily paper work (i.e. attendance reports, detention slips, student referral slips, various student passes, etc.)
- Assists with non-standardized testing of students
- Tutors students in various subject areas
- Assists in preparation, production, and maintenance of materials and equipment as assigned
- Provides initial first aid/emergency care
- Works with students in one-to-one/group situations
- Helps to resolve disciplinary student issues
- Removes disruptive, defiant children
- Supervises loading and unloading of buses
- Provides individual tutoring for students in computer skills and usage
- Assists students in finding materials and books in library
- Assists teachers in locating materials for classroom, and assembles materials for teachers’ use as directed
- Conducts story time for students
- Monitors students during recess, hall duty, and passing periods
- Supervises students in the use of the various programs on the computer
- Provides personal assistance to students, including dispensing medication
- Assists the student(s) assigned with physical tasks such as putting on and taking off of outerwear, moving from room to room, using the lavatory, maneuvers and secures wheelchairs, and so on
- Performs tasks for student(s) such as sharpening pencils, carrying lunch trays, and the like
- Accompanies the student(s) to whom assigned when trips to the office or to the school nurse are necessary
- Serves as a resource person to the student personnel evaluation team concerning an assigned student
- Performs Nonviolent Crisis Intervention techniques when appropriate, after training
- Accompanies and assists student(s) while in the classroom setting
- Attends meetings and conferences as required
- Attends pre-job training, ongoing training, and meetings as required during the school year in order to remain up-to-date of job procedures
- Laminates all materials as needed
- Performs miscellaneous clerical duties and assists other staff members
Must possess, or be willing to obtain and renew/maintain, CPR and First Aid certification
Willing to attend CO-TOP opportunities and other professional learning related to the job
Willing to be trained to carry out delegated nursing practices
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to be flexible and patient in work demands
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, students, and parents
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to provide a warm and caring attitude toward students and staff
- Ability to tutor students in various academic areas
- Ability to understand and work with children possessing developmental, health, and severe needs
- Ability to work independently
- Skill in operating computers and using software
- Skills in behavior management
- Strong communication skills
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff member typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.
- The noise level in the work environment may alternate among quiet, moderate, and loud.
- The incumbent is frequently required to interact in person and through communication methods with the students, public, and/or other staff.
- The incumbent is required to work scheduled school/work hours and/or days.
- The incumbent may be required to work extended school/work hours and/or days as directed.
- Work is generally performed in a classroom setting.
- The incumbent may experience exposure to fumes and high noise levels associated with classroom environment.
Physical Demands: The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. All physical demands, if listed, are considered essential functions
- Sits, stands, walks, stoops, kneels, and crouches/squats while performing duties
- Has oral and auditory capacity enabling interaction interpersonally and/or through communication devices
- Uses eyes, hands, and finger coordination enabling the use of equipment and writing utensils
- Lifts/pushes/pulls or carries burdens weighing up to 50 lbs.; may have to lift students when assistance is required; able to safely lift 50 lbs. each in a two person lift
- Conducts activities involving climbing, stooping, kneeling/bending, crouching/squatting, twisting, and reaching
Cognitive Functions: The following are some of the cognitive functions commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. The staff member may be required to analyze, communicate, compare, compile, compute, coordinate, copy, evaluate, instruct, negotiate, synthesize, reason, and use interpersonal skills.
Hours per Week:
New Applicants: Please note that if you are hired by District 20, fingerprinting is required. You will be responsible for the cost of fingerprinting.
All custodial positions require the ability to lift 50 pounds and to push/pull burdens up to 100 pounds.
All special education positions require the ability to safely lift 50 pounds each in a two person lift.
|Current District 20 Staff:|
|Current District 20 staff members should complete a transfer request form and return it to the Human Resources Office. The transfer request form and important transfer information can be found on the District 20 Intranet site: Click on Resources and Forms, click on Forms and Documents, click on 20Net Human Resources Documents, click on HR_Other_Forms_Miscellaneous, and click on the document name HIRING - Transfer Request Form.|
|New applicants must register with the Academy District 20 Employment Opportunities site and complete the online application.|
|Please identify your interest in specific positions on the Preferences page of the online application.|
|Since school administrators will be able to access your completed online application, please do not call to request site visits or interviews at the school. Please direct all inquiries via the email address indicated on the posting.|